I don't think kids are really worse. I think that parents are worse.
Steve threw out the divorce issue, I have to agree. I will also add, that when parents are in a custody battle, they are not disaplining as well because they have this imaginary fear that the other parent is going to end up with their child if they do.
I think parents do not realize what is REQUIRED for the health and well being of a child. Food, clothing, and protection from the weather. Homeless parents don't lose their children if they seek out food, water, shelter and clothing for their kids. And that can be minimal.
Taking away privelages (and anything beyond the above mentioned IS a privelage) is probably the best way to do it. Especially for the age group we are discussing.
At one point, my daughter (the little one) was sleeping in my car. She was being fed when it was meal time, and NOT the yummy stuff we were having in the house, she had her water jug filled when it was empty, and she was clothed, and sunscreened. It took her 2 days to figure out, that if she just did what she was asked, the house, soft bed, warm shower, yummy meals, and family were all at her disposal. Was this degree of shunning, more or less abusive that swatting her?
OK ranting....I will close with this:
If raising children to make them self sufficient, respectable adults, is the goal, I don't think we are doing to bad. If that is what we are to compare, I think twenty two year olds are doing a hell of alot better now than they were when I was twenty two!
Oh ya, I am 31.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel <br /><br />