Susan Gregory Thomas, a contributing writer for msnbc.com, had an article published online yesterday that puts a hefty portion of responsibility for today’s “rude kids” square on the shoulders of Generation X.
In summary, experts agree that kids today (Generation Z, born 1997 to present) are ruder than ever. In her article, Thomas challenges that their bad behavior is a consequence of Generation X over-parenting. She writes that Generation X, “left to Scooby,” home alone and neglected, wanted life to be different for their own children. Thus, they became overprotective and “enmeshed” with their children emotionally. They (we) became unable to separate their own feelings from their children’s.
This sounds an awful lot like what I copped to in a post yesterday about being bullied on the school bus and never wanting my kids to go through that.
Here is an excerpt from Thomas’s article:
Many researchers consider members of Generation X to have been among the least nurtured children in American history with half coming from split families, 40 percent raised as latchkey kids — literally, home alone.
“They are trying to heal the wounds from their own childhoods through their children, says…”
She went on to deliver this smack-down on Generation Y from a managerial science professor in New York:
…We may be starting to see some of the effects in Generation Y, those born between 1980 and 1996, whose self-centered — if not downright arrogant — workplace behavior has been well-documented in the popular press since the mid-2000s.
“They’ve grown up questioning their parents, and now they’re questioning their employers. They don’t know how to shut up, which is great, but that’s aggravating to the 50-year-old manager who says, ‘Do it and do it now,'”