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Why are Kids Impatient, Bored, Friendless, and Entitled?

Worth the read if you have or work with children. Click here for the full article.


“I am Hungry!!” “In a sec I will stop at the drive thru” “I am Thirsty!” “Here is a vending machine.”

We are all busy, so we give our children digital gadgets and make them “busy” too. Kids used to play outside, where, in unstructured natural environments, they learned and practiced their social skills. Unfortunately, technology replaced the outdoor time.  Also, technology made the parents less available to socially interact with their child.

We have created an artificial fun world for our children. There are no dull moments. The moment it becomes quiet, we run to entertain them again, because otherwise, we feel that we are not doing our parenting duty. We live in two separate worlds. They have their “fun“ world, and we have our “work” world. Why aren’t children helping us in the kitchen or with laundry? Why don’t they tidy up their toys? This is basic monotonous work that trains the brain to be workable and function under “boredom,” which is the same “muscle” that is required to be eventually teachable at school.

Using technology as a “Free babysitting service” is, in fact, not free at all. The payment is waiting for you just around the corner. We pay with our kids’ nervous systems, with their attention, and with their ability for delayed gratification.

“My son doesn’t like vegetables.” “She doesn’t like going to bed early.” “He doesn’t like to eat breakfast.” “She doesn’t like toys, but she is very good at her iPad” “He doesn’t want to get dressed on his own.” “She is too lazy to eat on her own.” This is what I hear from parents all the time. Since when do children dictate to us how to parent them?


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  1. C.A.Sanderson on February 13, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Been a teacher at the middle school level for 20 years. To those who appreciate us, thank you. I am also a mother and grandmother. I agree very much with this article. Managing behavior problems has been on the rise for years. Inattentiveness, lack of motivation, and lack of social skills are the three largest problems. Schools can’t serve as educator and parent both. There are more and more absentee parents. It’s truly heartbreaking to see many children that are not nurtured in a family environment. Technology has become a big pacifier. Easy out for many parents. Cyberbullying is rising at the middle school levels because parents allow children on social media when they are not mature enough for it. They don’t monitor what their child is doing, but when problems spill over into the classroom, we have deal with the fallout, which is usually social problems. This constantly takes away from academic time. I fear for these young kids. Fewer and fewer kids are reading books also. Illiteracy will be on the rise in the upcoming years and it won’t be because of economic reasons. How will they ever function in life? You can always just press a few buttons to get answers.

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