Source: Me & CBS This Morning
This morning [Feb. 11, 2014] I watched CBS This Morning and a report about how terribly stressed teenagers are and how that affects them. One question was blatantly and obviously ignored and not asked:
Just what the HELL do teenagers have to stress about?
They are not living in the world I grew up in where the Cold War was almost a HOT war (Cuban Missile Crisis), when we had to practice diving under our desks at school so if a nuclear missile was headed our way we were erroneously made to believe diving under our desks would save our asses.
We had to work a heckuva lot harder to graduate high school than teens do today. We didn’t have the number of tests we had to pass reduced in number. We didn’t have the Internet or Yahoo Answers to do the work for us. We had to actually go to the library or use the encyclopedias our parents purchased. In Texas, the number of tests required to pass high school has been reduced from fifteen to five. FIVE! From 15 to 5!
We were on our own when not near a pay phone. We didn’t have constant communication with cell phones.
We didn’t have X-boxes or Wii’s to play with on bad weather days. We didn’t have Game Boys to occupy our idle time. We didn’t have cable TV. We were not allowed to go to R rated movies and were not allowed to watch TV programs with warnings to parents about the content. We had to be in bed by nine, later by ten.
So, just what the HELL do teens have to stress about? It is another sign of coddling teens and not being parents, but being friends with your kids. Bad parenting to the nth degree.
Another thing: we did not have the benefit or, perhaps, the NEED for counselors when a classmate died.
We had PARENTS who ACTED like parents. We had spankings, not a “TIME OUT” command.
After receiving our drivers licenses, we weren’t given brand new automobiles. We were given used vehicles, sometimes jalopies to fix up.
We were not allowed to go to a shopping mall by ourselves. When we started dating, we had to be home by 10, 11, and on rare occasions midnight.
We were latch-key kids long before anyone ever heard the term. We were home alone after school until our parents got home from work, and we were given chores to do after school and during the summer. And if those chores weren’t done, we were punished.
Our lives before high school graduation were a lot more strict and difficult than kids have it today—by a long shot.
So, just what the hell do teenagers have to stress about that would make it such an incredibly important issue to be discussed on CBS This Morning?