As a boomer, I was fortunate enough to have two loving parents who stayed together through thick and thin. Our nuclear family was strong and values-driven. Thanks to Mom and Dad I was quickly indoctrinated into proper grammar and use of the English language. More importantly, they emphasized being polite and having manners.
Respect, consideration, and courtesy ruled our household. Our family was values driven and per our generations on the rise.
Today, when I gaze out at planet Earth I see a landscape that is far different than the one I grew up with. Simply put, we are witnessing the fall of parenting. With no further adieu, I believe the fall of parenting is directly related to a non-existing nuclear family and or one that is separated.
While divorce rates are slowly decreasing, the following statistics are still disturbing and numbing:
1) Almost fifty percent of marriages end in divorce or separation.
2) Researchers estimate that forty-one percent of all first marriages end in divorce.
3) Sixty percent of second marriages end in divorce.
I’m not saying that marriage is the end-all solution where children are involved; I am saying that a nuclear family has a better chance of teaching kids values. Specifically, it is imperative that biological or adopted children are taught respect, consideration, and courtesy. They need a loving home with parents as role models.
Human relations have never been more polarized. What can we attribute this to? While no acclaimed sociologist or psychologist, the fall of parenting must be a significant and contributing factor.
As some of you know, I officiate various youth sports including boys and girls basketball. Two weeks ago at a major tournament, I was a referee involved with seventh-grade boys. One of the boys had been complaining most of the game and I warned him and his coach to stop it. Shortly after, he received his third foul of the game and cursed at my partner. It was ugly and hateful language and could be heard around the gym. My partner walked this player over to the bench ejecting him from the game; only to then be confronted by the boy’s father who was an assistant coach.
I first hand witnessed the fall of parenting. The parent and the boy were screaming at my partner and they were asked to leave the gym.
As a father of two boys, I couldn’t help but be distracted for the remaining minutes of this game totally disgusted with the horrible conduct I witnessed. Sadly, the other parents stood still doing and saying nothing.
Ladies & gentlemen, we can no longer turn a blind eye to the fall of parenting or the behavior resulting from it. We can do a lot better, our time is now, and our kids deserve better.
My friends, please remember this: respect, consideration, and courtesy matter a lot. Treat others fairly, decently, and equally.
Build your moral compasses carefully and always monitor them daily.
You know the battle cry: do your best each day. No one can ask more or less from any of us.
All the best/blessings, Mark