Why are youngsters such brats today?

2019-01-16 06:00

DURING the past several years I have noticed that the current generation of young people is finding it difficult to cope with life and its challenges.

I really feel sorry for them. They are likely to have the best qualifications that any generation has yet obtained, they can find instant information due to their skills in the use of technology and love for it, and they have good lifestyles, thanks to their parents’ hard work.

But in spite of these privileges, they seem to display a personality that is sensitive and emotional. They love materialism and consumerism but are muted in life skills and empathy.

Why are young people becoming like this — turning into monstrous brats?

Is it a lack of quality education?

Or being spoilt from the time they are born? Or parents delaying having children due to careers?

Or is there a greater sense of guilt among parents because both work, who then over-compensate and find it difficult to impose discipline?

Walk into any bookshop and see the broad selection of “parenting skills” books by so-called experts.

With the wide selection of books available, parents are more confused now than before.

I believe we need to go back to the good old-fashioned style of parenting — set boundaries and teach values, morals, live simply, pray and eat together.

MOHAMED SAEED

Pietermaritzburg

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