Renowned physician warns of ‘culture of disrespect’ in American children.
We often hear the older generations talking about how the ‘youth’ have less respect than when they were children, while this may just seem like a generational difference for the first time it has been verified by a physician.
Dr. Leonard Sax who has worked with children for years has confirmed how the behavior he has seen in American children has steadily declined to the point where they are ‘immersed in a culture of disrespect’.
Parenting skills have evolved to the point where there is no one way of saying what is right or wrong in terms of raising your child, the lines have been blurred to the point where no-one is sure what the best course of action to take.
‘Old school’ parenting methods have been rejected as they seemed harsh, but the methods that have replaced them have fallen down on many levels. Teachers across the country agree that behavior in children has grown more uncontrollable as the years have gone on, but there is no single identifiable reason for this.
In a report published in the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Sax describes the case of one 11-year old boy.
Kyle was absorbed in a videogame on his cellphone, so I asked his mom, ‘How long has Kyle had a stomach ache?’ Mom said, ‘I’m thinking it’s been about two days.’ Then Kyle replied, ‘Shut up, mom. You don’t know what you’re talking about.’ And he gave a snorty laugh, without looking up from his videogame. Kyle is 10 years old.”
“I have been a physician for 29 years. This sort of language and behavior from a 10-year-old was very rare in the 1980s and 1990s. It would have been unusual a decade ago. It is common today. America’s children are immersed in a culture of disrespect: for parents, teachers, and one another.
They learn it from television, even on the Disney Channel, where parents are portrayed as clueless, out-of-touch or absent. They learn it from celebrities or the Internet. They learn it from social media. They teach it to one another. They wear T-shirts emblazoned with slogans like ‘I’m not shy. I just don’t like you.’”
The story of ‘Kyle’ might seem all too familiar to you. Children are now taught that they have more rights that their parents. They have been wrapped in cotton wool to a point where they are unable to face the real world, and their behavior has suffered as a result.
Dr. Sax has the following recommendations:
- Put the well-being of the family first.
- Remove distractions.
- Draw a line in the sand, and then stand your ground.