Okay, I'm beyond annoyed right now. I was paging through my new Parenting Early Years magazine when I came across an ad that made me quite angry.
The ad is for an automobile and the words at the top say, "Teach your kids not to share." Below the two pictures that follow is the statement, "Sharing is for other cars." This vehicle features a dual-screen rear seat entertainment system so kids don't have to negotiate which program to watch or video game to play...and they don't have to share! Isn't that nice? Don't I wish I could have just switched on the onboard entertainment system for my kids when they were growing up so I wouldn't have had to be bothered with conversation on the way to the grocery store, church, or even on the 4 1/2 hour drive to Grandma's? Not!
Call me old-fashioned, but I actually treasure the memories we made when traveling together as a family. The songs, the games, the laughter, and mostly, the conversation.
Guess what, parents? It's really okay to drive around with your kids and talk. Wouldn't you rather find out about how their day went, what they're dreaming about, what boy they like, what teacher they can't stand, etc., etc., etc. than have them lost in the quicksand of the electronic and digital world that is seducing them away from you bit by bit? You are the parent. You have some say. You can turn off their computers, phones, iPods, televisions, video games, and so on. It's okay for you to do that. Your job is to be a parent and not a best friend. If you do it right, your kids will be closer than ever when they grow up...and believe me, it's worth the wait!
So what are your thoughts? Do you think the slogan, "Teach your kids not to share," is a good one? Is that where we're heading in the 21st century? Are we raising a generation of self-centered young people who want, and get, what they want when they want it? God help us.
Do me a favor and weigh in on this one. I'd love to know if I'm part of a dying breed. I do know one thing...generations of self-centered people equal generations of people who could care less about the environment. Now that's something to think about.
Keeping it balanced,