TODAY’S Kids need parents who care about their future.
What has happened over the last 20 or so years to make our youth so self-centred and so upset with the world.
Can we put it down to social media, the violent video games that kids now play or maybe its because parents just take it too easy on their children.
Maybe parents should start telling them that bedrooms are made for sleeping not as a hangouts so they can get on their computers and phones for hours doing who knows what.
The recent spate of home break-ins and knife attacks has shocked us all.
I am sure like myself you can’t fathom why it is happening.
The courts need to start taking sterner action, these hoodlums aren’t concerned because we keep letting them off.
Here are some words from a New Zealand judge who regular deals with youth in his courts.
They make a lot of sense and maybe some of our magistrates should adopt them just before they send them off to detention.
“I always hear the cry from teenagers, ‘but what can we do, where can we go?’.
My answer is, Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you’ve finished, read a book.
Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something.
You owe it your time, energy, and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again.
In other words, grow up, stop being a cry-baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone.
Start behaving like a responsible person.
You are important and you are needed.
It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday.
Someday is now and that somebody is you.”