RE: Boomers are not WINNING
Couldn't agree more. Try teaching the overly indulged children of the generation that coined and embodied the phrase "helicopter parent." It used to be that when the teacher called home, my parent would scold me and say "what did you do to that poor teacher??!!" Nowadays - and I have experienced this first hand - when the teacher calls home, the parent says, "What did that teacher do to you??!!"
What's wrong with this picture?? Oh, I know... people who have no respect for authority teaching their kids they don't have to have it either might have something to do with it. I have one thing to say to the baby boomers: How dare you??
Here's my biggest gripe with these folks: I recently watched a seven-part documentary about WWII. The people who fought that war - at home and overseas - literally saved this world from tyranny and destruction. And then the boomers came along, went to Woodstock and where ever else, got really high or tripped out or whatever and decided they didn't have to pay respect to the people who saved their and our lives. Well, how dare you? And. Shame on you.
Now, is this every Baby Boomer? I hope not. But the cross section I've seen from teaching their kids leaves me to doubt. I believe that Baby Boomers have destroyed parenting by OVER-advocating for their kids and not allowing them to FAIL. Kids need to FAIL. How else can they learn? Ever hear of trial and error?
The pervasive idea is that Boomers want to shield their kids from harm and discomfort. Well, to quote one of my favorite movies, "Life is pain, highness. Anyone who tells you different is selling you something." (THE PRINCESS BRIDE).
Aye me... but I ramble. But remember - the generation rejected their parents (remember the ones who saved the world?), anointed themselves exempt from morality when they dropped out with Timothy Leary and burned their bras. And now, those self-crowned narcissists have decided that there don't have to be any rules in - oh let's just say - the BANKING INDUSTRY (e.g., sub prime mortgage scandal) or, uh - how 'bout WALL STREET ('nuff said).
Friends, take a look around - free love ain't free. I'm going to be paying for it - no wait, my kids are going to be paying for it... NO WAIT - MY GRANDKIDS are going to be paying for it for as long as they can draw breath.
I'm 43, I work hard, I vote, I pay taxes. I punish my kids when they deserve it. I praise them when they EARN it.
I don't believe that I deserve anything I haven't worked hard to acquire. Nothing is owed to me that I haven't earned for myself.
I believe in god and I am NOT a fundamentalist in any way shape or form.
I love this country. It saved my life by giving my grandparents a home over 100 years ago.