By Sofie Thomson
Apparently kids no longer respect their elders…
Although their elders didn’t respect them. Realistically, the previous generations “respected” very little.
Women’s rights were pretty much non-existent, racism was flourishing around the world and unless you fitted in to the traditional family mold, society would cast you aside or treat you as a criminal for loving in a way this awe-inspiring generation didn’t approve of.
So when you’re telling me that “back in the day children respected their parents”, you’re actually saying that they were scared of you. They didn’t respect you. They might have been better at hiding their disobedience, or they may have been to frightened of getting caught and punished harshly – but that’s not respect – and realistically how could it have been, in an era that respected so little?
Engaging in an online debate about babies being left to cry earned me the nickname “snowflake”, too soft for my own good. A snowflake? Why? Because I want equal rights for everyone in this flawed world? Because I truly believe that children deserve empathy and love in the same way as a member of the older generation? Snowflake; because I want this world to be a kinder, more empathic place?
Once someone told me that for this world to change we need two generations of truly empathic parents! How this contradicts the belief that we need to revert to discipline with a slipper and a belt.
Please explain to me, why we would want to revert? What was better back then?
Frightened kids, able to hide their mistakes better? That’s it.
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