For years we have medicated our demons. Doctors are too quick to hand out pills to improve the behavior of our children. Boys and girls acting, well, acting like normal boys and girls are often medicated to reduced the stress of parenthood or perceived problematic behaviors by the parent's observation, "Perception is reality but not always true."
Once the medication is applied it often follows the child most of their life. A negative side effect of the behavior medication prescribed is the preconceived perception of the child themselves that their is something wrong with them "Perception is reality but not always true."
We have more children now who are considering suicide more than ever before. Parents can no longer disciple their own children for fear of intervention and repercussions. Only yesterday, I heard someone say a child was actually considering divorcing their parents. A lack of discipline is welcomed by the children; and yet as many have confessed later in life they were hoping their parents would step up, but they never did.
So, responsibility seems to be the rogue component that festers the foundation for these monsters made in America. Parents often are not acting responsibly when it comes to raising their children, we give them everything they want. We give them everything they want because we want them to have more than what we had. But in order to do this, we forfeit our God-given right to be responsible, loving parents to our children. Is there true love for a child when there is no discipline?
This irresponsible approach is passed on to our children. They yell and scream until they get their way, that's what had always worked for them. Now we have a child growing up who refuses to take responsibility for their own actions and who believes the world in which they live is responsible for their life of happiness. They continue to grow on an unstable foundation.
Someone once wrote, "Give me the child for seven years, and I will give you the man." The inference is that from 0-7 years of age these children are foundation ready, simply meaning, how they think and process their thoughts, actions, and behavior's is predicated on their first seven years of existence and exposure; those seven years will play a major role in their outlook and social skills for their lifetime.
Steven L. Conley