As a parent, I often find myself wondering where my social life has gone. Managing both a career and a family, running back and forth between school and sports practices, and trying to keep the house from falling apart has me feeling like a maid and glorified chauffeur most days. My non-kid friends hit up happy hours, spend Friday nights out on the town, and have the luxury of sleeping in on Saturdays. All the things I used to have (insert crying face here).
When should kids be allowed to go on their first date? Should it be supervised? Should sex education be taught in schools? And if so, at what age? And how young is too young to expose children to these topics? Ugh, I don’t know! I’m with the vast majority of parents who hate to even think about their kids growing up and starting to date, let alone doing anything else!
I will never raise my daughter to be a homemaker. Now, before all the stay-at-home-moms freak out and start hurling insults my way, let me assert that I have no problem with those who choose to forgo a career in order to be at home with their kids. I think staying at home is a noble, and insanely tough job! But hear me out...
I don’t know about you, but I would like to challenge our elder generation when they tell us how great life “used to be” and how horrible things are today… especially in regards to how we raise our children. There is nothing horrible about our generation. It’s just different. And since when is different a bad thing? So please stop mumbling “kids these days” under your breath, while shaking your head in disapproval. Kids these days are just fine, as will be the kids of tomorrow, and the following generation.