What's up with today's 20 somethings?

Ah, to be young again. In my 20’s. Footloose and fancy free. Not a care in the world. Taking jobs and quitting them or just not showing up. Ever.

Living at home and living off my parents. Partying. Getting arrested. Being always right. Never taking responsibility for my actions. Always blaming others.

Feeling entitled.

Wait, what?

Yeah, that would of never happened in my house. My dad would have totally kicked my ass.

Dead.

I just wasn’t raised that way. We were taught manners, responsibility, and consequences for our actions at an early age.

I don’t know what it is about today’s youth, especially 20 somethings.

Now to my 20 something friends, and those reading with a good head on your shoulders, don’t get your panties in a wad.

I’m not talking about you.

Your parents raised you right. But, I guarantee you know someone your age just like this and right now you are shaking your head up and down with agreement.

What happened in the early 1990’s that made people so afraid of their children? Afraid to discipline them? Teach them independence? Responsibility? When did the kids start running the show?

I can understand those that come back home because the have to. I get hard times. I get bad break ups. I had one in my early twenties. But as cool as my parents were I was not moving back in with them. Because unless you have to, no independent 20 something wants to live with their parents.

But these kids do. And it lasts well into their 30’s.

I know you think I sound like a real dick right now. But, have you ever tried to employ an entitled, irresponsible, 20 something?

No Bueno my friends. No Bueno.

I just don’t get it. My generation was brought up tough as nails. Us 1970’s kids didn’t get away with shit. Then the kids born in the late 80’s and the early 90’s got a “get out of jail free” card. Somewhere along the way, parents lost their will.

When I talk to my friends who are raising children now, they are strict and invoking 1970’s upbringing on their kids (minus the belt whoopings and spankings). They are raising their children the way they were raised.

Strict.
Tough.
Independent.
Responsible.

It warms my heart to know that toddlers and tweens are assigned chores. That 16 year olds actually want jobs. Want cars. Want their own money. Want independence.

Work.

Parents are cognitive of what’s going on in their children’s lives and are involved. They follow through with punishments and offer rewards for good behavior.

Times are a changing, folks.

Changing for the best.

Our kids deserve that much.

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