As a son of Greatest Generation parents, I have seen “parenting” decline over the decades. Parenting was at its best when kids were raised by “housewives,” not nannies, baby sitters, day-care workers, “don’t care workers” or pastors. My parents knew more about raising kids than the early childhood education drivel taught today. Clichés like ‘Spare the rod ’ and ‘Early to bed ...’ represent the wisdom for the ages.
The decline in parenting is an unfortunate consequence of post-WWII. Women became a vital source of domestic labor during the war and found the double incomes, when the troops returned, a boon to family prosperity. Spending the day with other adults appealed to many mothers. Two tired parents coming home from work are more likely to pick up fast food, then plop down in front of the television while their kids do who knows what on their electronic devices (or do I have that backwards?).
Today’s idea of parenting is be friends with your kids, which is fine after age 16, when their values are set. If you have done a good job by then, your children will not be found hanging out on corners smoking, hopefully just tobacco.
The remark about Fox News in the letter “ ‘Parenting’ provides outdated advice” (Sept. 9) proves the writer does not watch it. His opinion on parenting is, fortunately, just one opinion.
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Doug Farrow, Modesto