Teacher of 16 years says this is what children (and parents) are doing wrong these days

Before the outbreak of advanced personal technology, our children were different. They spent days in a tree-house and nights catching fire flies. They didn’t stay locked up indoors all day playing the latest video game.

And parenting has changed too. It seems everyone has gotten a little bit lazy.

Jonas Harrysson, after working at a school for many years, has noticed a change among today’s children. And he firmly believes the parents are to blame.

Jonas shared his views in a Facebook post in which he highlighted three main areas he believes parents need to improve when it comes to raising their children. The post went viral.

Read his post below.

I have worked with kids for almost 16 years and there are several things that I’ve noticed children getting worse and worse at.

No1. Children find it very difficult to be bored! There constantly needs to be something going on.
Please stop spoiling and servicing your children. It’s not dangerous for them to be bored sometimes.

No 2. I’ve met many parents who are soooo proud that their kids can read and count before starting preschool.
Well, I hate to break it to you, but reading and counting, they’ll learn to do soon enough. Teach them instead to play, to be a good friend, and to share.

My third point is that many children find it difficult to show gratitude, both to other kids and towards adults. Can they get an “another one” is unfortunately often a first question – and “we only get one!?” is a common complaint I hear.

What happened to PLEASE!? And thanks for dinner, and thanks for the ride, and so on?

I have no children at the moment, but if I do sometime in the future I plan to teach them to play, to be good friends, to show gratitude and to be bored from time to time. Once they’ve learned those things, then I’ll teach them to read and count:)

Jonas was later interviewed by a local paper.

He told the paper, “By spoiling them, we’re doing them a disservice. Children have loads of imagination and we mustn’t destroy it by constantly feeding them with ideas of things to do. They can play cowboy and Indian with just a stick and a leaf.”

Jonas has a very valid point. When we fill our children’s minds with TV, video games and the internet, there leaves no room for imagination. Kids become complacent and need instant gratification. If they aren’t reading books, playing house and catching frogs, they are missing out on an actual childhood.

Sadly, it’s not only kids who are affected by this epidemic of screen attachment. Next time you are in public, take a look around and see how many people are glued to their phones.

Sometimes it’s good to disconnect, go for a walk and take it the world around you. Don’t worry. It will be waiting for you when you get back.

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