Originally Posted by katachtig
I saw an article on the "Me Generation" and how there are trends there towards volunteering and charity.
It may not have mentioned it in this article, but studies have found the rise in volunteer and charity...this began when school began to require volunteering and charities as part of their grad or school requirements.
I do agree that a lot of it does start with the parents. Parents that didn't get what they wanted growing up (i.e. maybe their own personal TV) will hand their kids whatever they want so that they won't risk being made fun of in school for not having something. When I was a kid, no one cared if you wore Kmart clothes...most kids my age did. Today if you aren't wearing name brand you're made fun of.
Heck, I even saw it in my own class...I guess I'm the older part of Generation Me. There were still a lot of people my age that was taught responsibility, but there were also many, many spoiled selfish brats.
My 10 year reunion was last year and one person on the committee sent out an email for us to post updated pictures of ourselves. One girl posted 54
of herself. I even found her on myspace before the reunion, and the whole myspace was just self absorbtion.
Another girl I knew who was a year younger than me played the "I'm adopted" card with her parents all the time. If she didn't get what she wanted, she would cry and bawl about what cruel adoptive parents they were, etc, and by the time she was 15, before
she had her permit, she was driving around a brand new Chrysler LaBaron convertable.
In fact most of the kids I went to high school with it was a "right of passage" to have a car by the time they were 16. Brand new I might add too...
One guy at work, he makes me sick the way he's raising his kids. They EACH have their own iPod (all under 10 years btw), their own DVD portable player, their own separate copies of the same movie, etc. Why?
So that they won't ever have to fight over something. *A-hem*
Umm...so you're not teaching them how to share or how to properly interact with people. You're teaching them to be the bully when they grow.
Excellent parenting skills. Brilliant