I got the inspiration for this from a post a friend of mine put on FB. Instead of just sharing it, I wanted to add a few things to it that I thought were relevant. The post below explains a lot of what is wrong with this entire country.
If parents would stop letting electronic devices babysit their children and start RAISING them, we would begin to see more productive, useful citizens out there. Limit their time on electronic devices and social media. Make them earn it. Limit YOUR time on electronic devices and social media and teach your children some of things you learned growing up.
I am sickened by the number young adults that have absolutely zero life skills. None. They are clueless about anything that would help them through life if it includes that which would get their lillie-white hands dirty or involve anything physical. Many (if not most) kids/young adults are clueless when it comes to changing their own oil, sharpening a knife, operating a shovel, shooting a gun, building a fire, gutting a rabbit, washing dishes, chopping wood... the list goes on and on. This applies to young women as well as young men.
I was RAISED!! I didn't just grow up. During this raising process, I was also taught respect and manners and to take responsibility for my actions. I was taught be honest. I was taught to speak when I enter a room, say please and thank you, to have respect for my elders, to get up off my lazy butt and let the elder in the room have my chair, to say "Yes sir" and "No sir", to lend a helping hand to those in need, to hold the door for the person behind me, say excuse me when it's needed and to love people for who they are, not for what you can get from them. I was also taught to treat people the way I want to be treated.
Sadly, life skills and respect seem to fading away with time and it shows. Not only does it show on the streets in our society, its beginning to take its toll heavily on our country. It shows in how the country is run and how it is allowed to be run...
RAISE your kids, don't just let them grow up!