Growing and Facing Responsibility

Karl Gerhardt - posted on 03/21/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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The most important lesson for all is that growing up and becoming an adult is not just being able to make decisions. It means added responsibilities. Our children get into trouble when they want the goods without having to pay for them. Refusing to take responsibility, engaging in irresponsible behaviour and cutting corners is a straight road to Hell.

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Karl Gerhardt - posted on 03/21/2015

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My point is that most of the problems our children face and that we face when it comes to our children are related to the transition between childhood and adulthood and the understanding (or lack of it) that age and freedom come together with responsibility. I read about an 16 or an 18 year-old being thrown out simply because life at home becomes unbearable.

A permissive society has huge disadvantages. Teenagers growing up in a lessez-faire, lessez-passer kind of culture, exposed to all kinds of experiences prematurely, are extremely difficult to handle.

They see themselves as adults, society sees them as adults, but they are totally unprepared to face adult responsibilities. They believe that they know everything and they regularly get themselves into tricky situations and we as parents have to go around doing firefighting.

Jodi - posted on 03/21/2015

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Which is why we teach our children that rights come with responsibility?

I'm actually not sure what your point is.

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