You’ve probably thought this before, but I’m calling it. Our parents didn’t have to deal with as much crap from their kids, as parents do today.
Let me explain myself. I am not talking about the usual challenges raising a family comes with, like money worries etc. Of course that stuff will never change. I am talking about how different kids are now, than we were as kids. So much more different.
Think about how much more ‘stuff’ we have to worry about with our kids that was probably no more than just a tiny blip on our parents radar. Stuff like safety, who remembers nicking off at dawn on the weekend and coming home when you were hungry – that is if your friends mum hadn’t fed you first. Kids just can’t do this anymore, you have to know where your kids are all the time, who they are with and what kind of people they might be. You have to call or meet a new friends parents first, before they can come over and play. I miss the blissful ignorance we once had about all things sinister in the world.
Then there is school, and the homework – I don’t know about you, but what the hell is this little section for crap they do with mum and dad got to do with anything?! Sure it is probably a well-meant little exercise in family togetherness, that somebody thought would be a brilliant idea. But I have shit to do, and I think I’ve done enough homework just for me thank you very much. Besides I think I need a do over of long division, especially now that the way maths is taught has changed… “That’s not how the teacher showed us how to do it mum!”
Kids have bigger attitudes now, and a sense of self-righteousness that didn’t arrive for me (and probably most of us) till somewhere in my teens. Because I said so; was enough for ten-year old me. That’s all I needed to know, mummy law had been enforced, now shut up and back out of the room slowly while you still could. Whip that statement out in this household and the comeback is: Why Mum? But Jessica’s mum lets her do/say/play/eat/buy/go… (Not picking out any Jessica in particular there, I’m not even sure which Jessica it could be, the school has about 40 of them and clearly their mothers must let them do everything they want).
We have to dress little fashionistas. It is no longer acceptable to just go out in whatever Mum dressed you in until you start dating, kids have to be seen in an outfit that probably costs more than what Mum is wearing. It is likely that is looks better too, because Mum has to spend her clothing allowance on her mini fashionistas instead. I’m pretty sure the Husband was still being dressed by his mum when we met. 😉
And whatever happened to playing with toys? Kids don’t ask for dolls and toy cars anymore, you know what they want now? Mobile Phones. Who has a ten-year old daughter demanding one now, because apparently EVERYONE has one but her. Really who is she going to call, and how is she going to pay for it? She is counting on credit from the bank of mummy I’m guessing. You know what I wanted at ten years old? One of these…
Oh I’m feeling old today.