Karen and I were just discussing this issue a couple of days ago, when I stumbled across this quote from South Carolina basketball coach, Frank Martin:
“You know what makes me sick to my stomach?
When I hear grown people say that kids have changed.
Kids haven’t changed. Kids don’t know anything about anything.
We’ve changed as adults. We demand less of kids. We expect less of kids. We make their lives easier instead of preparing them for what life is truly about.
We’re the ones that have changed.”
I hear a lot of complaints about kids these days. Mostly from parents.
We see them as lazy, disrespectful and entitled.
But isn’t that our fault?
The level of obesity in our kids’ generation is outrageous and unacceptable.
But isn’t that our responsibility?
I suspect that Coach Martin is only half right. He says that we expect less of kids, but we also expect less of ourselves.
If we truly want the best for our kids, then it’s time that we demanded nothing but the best from ourselves as parents.
It may seem like hard work in the short-term, but in the years ahead, we and our kids will be grateful that we made the effort.