There is a meme floating around that reads~
How to Be a Parent
IN 2019 VS 1982
Allow me to share;
Make sure your children’s academic, emotional, and psychological, mental, spiritual, physical nutritional, and social needs are met while being careful not to over stimulate, under stimulate, improperly medicine, helicopter, or neglect them in a screen free, processed foods free, GMO free, negative energy free, plastic free, body positive, socially conscious, egalitarian but also authoritative, nurturing, but fostering of independence, gentle but not overly permissive, pesticide free, two-story, multilingual home preferable in a cul de sac with a backyard, and 1.5 siblings spaced at least 2 years apart for proper development also don’t forget the coconut oil.
Feed them sometimes
At first blush I thought it to be mildly humorous, I may have even had a little ‘isn’t that the truth’ moment.
Scrolling down a bit I stopped. It hit me. Then I was livid.
I earn an insane amount of money because in 1982 people were so self absorbed, so focused on become the next millionaire and having status that the neglect on children was astonishing. Consequently, adults of that generation are severely hurting and are not living, but rather, surviving.
There are more latchkey kids in the 80’ and then 90’ than any other time. Which produced a generation of Lord of the Flies so to speak because quite frankly, children were left to their own devices, raising themselves.
In 2019, we who are in our 40’s are products of that generation and gross neglect.
We wonder why children are coming into schools shooting each other. Never having been taught to deal with their own demons, it’s no wonder they have emotional fits of rage that causes them to shoot up the very environment they had trauma in the first place.
We wonder why racial tension is at an all time high. Making a mockery of homes now wanting to raise children to be bilingual accentuates the point of the complete disregard for anyone other than themselves. Who wouldn’t want to have a home that seeks to understand another race and culture? My God, how else are we suppose to end racial violence and tension?
We wonder why there is a generation of adults who are struggling emotionally just to make it through the day, who never knew or understood how to deal with hurts and pains and losses.
We wonder why childhood cancer rates are off the charts. The generation that raised the children of feed them sometimes, never taught them how to eat properly. How to choose life giving foods that are not ladened with pesticides that kill them slowly, or full of sugar, salt and fats that while, tasty, are also creating a slow demise. Or even how to clean with natural products that were created in the earth, not made in a lab. It was instant, microwaved nasty crap. And now we rail on a generation who wants everything right now, without waiting.
There is now a generation of parents so desperate to grow their children up in an emotionally healthy, safe, strong and beautiful environment and all people before this generation can say, the ones who raised them, all they can do is make critical memes and shake their heads in disgust.
On behalf of all my over caring, helicopter, socially and environmentally conscious peers, you’re welcome for not raising a generation of emotionally torn up humans.