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I don’t want to sound like a broken record (for those of you know what that is) and talk about all businesses desperate for workers this summer.  However part of that is due to the number of teen-agers who don’t have a summer job in large part because their parents make it easy for them to do nothing…outside of going to the beach, playing video games, hanging with friends, etc.

This generation of parents in their 30’s and 40’s (and even 50’s) is helping create a generation of soft kids who often feel entitled to do nothing.  No job, no chores at home, no responsibilities.  Why?  Because it seems many parents are more concerned about being friends with their children then parents.  By the way I will admit I probably fell into this trap myself and left some of the hard-core stuff to my wife.  The bottom line is we want our children to like/love us which is okay but should be second to respecting us even when we make decisions they don’t like.  For example, you tell your kid to be in the house by 10pm and they respond with “all the other kids can stay out until 11.”  If you want them home by 10pm then stick with that.

Our parents and grandparents generation demanded more from their children.  Kids had a list of responsibilities and chores inside and outside the house and they were not an option.  They walked or rode their bikes and while safety concerns have changed things today parents should not always feel like they are glorified taxi drivers.

We live in a time in which mediocrity is not only acceptable but celebrated from pre-K graduations to participation awards for everyone.  Why strive for success when everyone gets the same reward?  Sure I know this sounds like another rant from an old guy but mark my words…when you set the bar low what you get are those who can’t find a way over it.

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