What’s The Matter With Kids Today?

Sure, we adore our adult kids, but don’t we sometimes look at them and think they’ve landed from another planet? The amazing innovations of the 21st century, technology to take-out, have helped them shape some pretty amazing habits (as in stupefying.) Woefully, many of the (good) habits that defined us are going the way of the tyrannosaurus rex.

Face it, once we’re gone, there’s a good chance these will completely disappear!

1. Home Cooking

2. Cleaning

3. Being Handy

4. Sending individual “Thank You” Notes


5. Sticking It Out

6. Socializing

7. Communicating Clearly

8. Respecting Seniority

9. Giving Thoughtful Gifts

10. Actually Reading Books

Did we miss anything? Comment Below!

0 Responses to “What’s The Matter With Kids Today?”

  1. Melanie See says:

    I think this must be satire. For one thing, it’s quoting the song “KIDS!” from Bye Bye Birdie…and one of the recurring lines in that song is “Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way…”

    Most of the 20-somethings I know (and my sons fall into this range) are:
    Cooking, cleaning, and having “game night” with their friends on a regular basis. (Cards Against Humanity, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Settlers of Catan, and something called “Munchkin Fu”? I think?) And they ALL read. Most of them actual books.

    Almost forgot the presents! My sons give *awesome* presents.

    So, yeah. I like kids today.

  2. June says:

    Kathleen, Kathleen, I believe that you may be part of the problem.

  3. DepartureLevel says:

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head and most of it is due to selfishness and laziness, though I won’t agree that ALL of generation X, Y, Z, etc. are guilty because some of their baby boomer parents were benefitted by being raised by their parents (the “greatest generation”).

  4. Miriam says:

    What is being seen here is a result of parenting…nothing more, nothing less.

    I happen to also agree with Kathleen…these types of posts are tiring and paint a broad stroke which is not authentic. I believe most kids today are wonderful.

    Instead of focusing on the negative maybe we should focus on the positive.

    These kids are taking care of us in our old age so let’s respect them so in turn they will respect us as we age.

    • Geri Brin says:

      Ladies, ladies Two 20-somethings put this list together with me, and if they can make fun of themselves so can we, as their mothers. Some of us really need to lighten up.

      The boomer generation was defined, in part, as pot smoking, hippies. I wasn’t a hippy, nor did I smoke pot. But each generation manages to develop a “profile.” This list, and every other list we do, aren’t meant to be taken quite so intensely.

      Geri Brin

  5. KathleenC says:

    Kids today are really pretty great and I’m tired of seeing these posts about how they are lacking. I was born in the sixties and my generation certainly had shortcomings. My own two are 18 and 20 and I think they are on the right track as decent members of the human race. They can cook and read and they respect you if you haven’t done something to make them think otherwise. I also work on my weekend job with lots of high school and college kids, and they are awesome! Here’s 5 things I like about kids these days: 1) They are very open-minded and don’t make assumptions about people based on superficial factors 2) They are excited about the opportunities that are open to them 3) They can think of new ways to solve problems that other generations haven’t. 4) They have their own personal style and respect yours 5) They look out for their friends, and even sometimes, their friends moms.
    I’m 50 years old. I encourage you to look for what’s good about these younger people and do your best to help them when you can. They are here to stay.

    • Annie says:

      Lighten up, Francis. People need laughter, not lectures,

      And you can add “cursive writing” to this fairly accurate list. My 20-somethimg son doesn’t hand write anything, and schools don’t even teach penmanship anymore. He’s never experienced hand cramps from having to WRITE a term paper or composition. Everything is typed on a computer.


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