When you were younger, your parents, grandparents, maybe even aunts and uncles would tell you how easy you had it and how rough the world was for them.
You probably heard, “You kids these days…” more times than you want to count!
If you’re a Gen-Xer, you’ve probably uttered the same exact thing to your kids, even if you were incredibly embarrassed once you did.
Every generation goes through this so it’s nothing to be ashamed of. We grow up wearing certain fashions and liking certain music and don’t really “get” the stuff teens wear and listen to in 2018. Just like our parents didn’t get it when we were a teenager.
Today’s kids have it rougher than we realize. Yes, they have more technology to work with and learn from but the stakes are also higher for them because of it. We also know that even though bullying has been going on for probably centuries, cyberbullying is a massive problem that is causing a great deal of harm to our children.
As times change, so does what we allow and disallow. In the 80’s and 90’s, it wasn’t unheard of for a teen girl to have to wait until she was 15 or 16 to wear makeup, but now, middle school girls can wing their eyeliner with the best of them and it’s perfectly acceptable for many parents!
Head to the next page to see how one father “punished” his daughter for getting highlights…