Parents of the digital age are faced with obstacles that parents from previous generations never had to face.
My attempt to measure the effectiveness of today’s parents provides me with certain challenges all its own.
Parents of the Digital Age
If I were asked to grade the average parent today when it comes to raising healthy kids in a digital age, my answer may not be that simple to give.
As I see it, it’s kind of like asking, “How much does a house cost?” There are just so many variables to consider. I think a lot of parents have been dealt a bad hand by way of all of the negative influences, distractions, and certainly the depravity in our culture. We all have to deal with it these days.
Generally speaking, there is room for improvement. While in other cases, there is just flat-out dereliction.
We live in a time where there has never been more parenting resources available to parents. The other side of that coin is that too many of those resources seem to require parents to have PhDs in child-psychology in an attempt to do what past generations just seemed to do naturally.
Not long ago, the subject of parenting really was not much of a topic. It was just something everyone did—for those who had kids, of course. It was kind of like breathing. You didn’t think much about it; because, it was as second nature as breathing. It was common sense. Why? Because, by and large, we all lived by a common standard for morality and wisdom.
It wasn’t until about the time Dr. Spock rolled onto the scene in the 1960s that the idea of parenting really became more of an issue. Again, to be fair, parents of past generations never had to deal with the things parents have to deal with today. That really doesn’t excuse Christian parents; who, regardless of our culture, should be committed and submitted to a biblical worldview—regardless of the culture we live in.
So essentially, to give a grade to today’s parents is, as I said, difficult. You have to consider and address the variables specific to each household.
I encourage you to learn more, as John Rosemond and I discuss this conversation in depth in this week’s podcast. You can listen by going to the “30 Minute Broadcasts” tab on our website. The program is titled: Stumbling Blocks Parents Face in the Digital Age with John Rosemond.
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