Okay stress, kids, maturity

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Okay stress, kids, maturity
Fri, 07-18-2003 - 1:14pm
Do you think that children these days are more coddled then before??

Here is where my train of thought is going. I am thinking about measurable stress levels in DC children. I had a converstaion at with another mother the other day while our children where in swim lessons. She commented that her parents married at 20yo. We both agreed that 20yos where more mature back then as to now. I read Angela's Ashes, A Painted House, ect. children had a whole lot more stress back then and most had a SAHM.

So we offer our children more...we organize their time better...we worry about exposure to sex and violence on TV...their measurable stress levels(according to the study we are debating)yet our children seem to be less mature then our parents were? OR we were at that age?

Do you think we are falling victim to "to much information is a dangerous thing?"

I don't know, this is just the start of the thought.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 07-18-2003 - 2:26pm
I think what we are falling victim to is being old enough to participate in a Kids These Days vent. Every generation does it. Every generation looks at the younger people (be they 20 or 3) and concludes that 30 years ago everybody was just so much hardier or thriftier or more polite or less greedy or more mature or or or...

You know what's fun? Read some social history books (I'm currently reading a history of childcare experts) and see how EVERY SINGLE GENERATION thinks the upcoming one is going to hell in a handbasket. Oh how Victorian parents clucked at irresponsible 20somethings in the Roaring Twenties.

So I'm not worried. In the year 2030, these immature, overexposed children will be adults and clucking over how ever since 2020, things have just gone downhill.