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What Kind of World are We leaving for our Kids?

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a long week of working and writing.  Earlier today, I happened upon a Facebook post. It was one of my friends and she is a mom of young kids. She was complaining about the sticky doorknobs and the mess kids generally leave behind and was asking parents of older kids if they really missed the sticky mess.

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I’d like to answer that question and the answer is yes. I miss all of it. Sure, cleaning up after the kids wasn’t fun, but I kept it in perspective and didn’t beat myself up if my house didn’t look perfect. After all, I had kids, and I wanted them to grow up being comfortable, exploring their world. So, if it was a little messy, I was okay with that.

 

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I miss when my boys were little guys and they would snuggle with me before falling asleep. I miss that baby smell and their giggles and their adventurous spirits. So, yeah, I miss it.

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However, I love each stage they go through, and I love seeing them grow and learn. For example, when my youngest started reading before he started school. I loved that and I was so proud. I loved how he started doing Par-Core and mastered that. I loved when my oldest would come to me for help with his homework and when he started taking Karate lessons. I loved each stage.

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They amaze me with how much they’ve grown and learned. I love their personalities. My oldest for his quick wit, kindness, and honesty. My youngest for his drive, passion, and focus. I love the fact they get along and can compromise with each other. They both have amazing problem-solving skills.

But I also worry. I worry about how cruel this world can be. I hope I’ve helped them develop enough skills so they can survive it. Not only survive it, but to thrive in it. I know that’s what every parent wants, but right now our world is not a happy place.

 

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I wonder what the new school year will bring. I wonder how my kids will be learning and if it will be a good experience for them. I worry about their social skills. They haven’t been using them as much lately because they’ve been communicating with friends online.

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I also wonder about what kind of world we’ll be leaving behind for them. What’s going to happen with all the chaos going on right now? Will it change anything? I sincerely hope so, but I don’t know. I worry about the problems they’ll be inheriting and how they’ll affect them.

I hope when we’re finished with all this craziness, the world will be a better place. Our kids deserve it.

 

 

Author:

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

13 thoughts on “What Kind of World are We leaving for our Kids?

  1. I worry too–I see my daughter trying to finish university not knowing if there will be a job or career after it, the way everything is right now. At least she can always come home–we’re lucky we have that option for her:-)

    1. I hear you. I worry about that, too. I’m glad she can come home. I think these young people need a safe haven to come back to because I feel the world is less secure at the moment. Which means companies are less secure and that usually means turnover for employees. And being let go could have a negative effect on a young person’s self esteem, but that might not happen, too. I guess we’ll have to jump that hurdle when we come to it. 🙂

  2. Hey Lisa!
    I think we are closer now more than ever to becoming a better world. It often takes chaos for change to happen. It’s already changing. I would say the world will be far better.

  3. It will not only be a better world, Lisa, but more awakened, more alive. I have a tattoo on my arm that brings me peace every time I read it, and I’ll share it with you: Pray. Trust. Don’t Worry. Cheers, and great post as always!

  4. I was worrying about the next generation too, Lisa, and then I thought about how many conversations are happening right now… The good news is that the dialogue is opening up, regarding race, gender, health, and so much more. This year is one of learning, and I hope it benefits your kids and all in the next generation, as well as those who come after that.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Christy and I appreciate your optimistic words. I was feeling a little down when I wrote this post, but everyone’s kind words, including yours, has given me a boost. Maybe things won’t be so bad for the next generation after all. 🙂

  5. Hit the nail on the head with what the post is all about. Having a nightmare as a father to a three year-old boy and his screen fixation whether it is a TV, tab, mobile, laptop. Difficult to comprehend what the future holds and school hasn’t even started as yet for him.
    I wish you well with your kids. You inculcated the best of values and ethics to them and they’ll turn out to be just fine.
    Thanks and much appreciated for sharing

      1. Technology is a boon and how we are discovering it in recent times but what effect it has on toddlers/ babies is difficult to understand. Hope he doesn’t become dependent on the devices.
        To answer your question, yes, thank God for technology otherwise work from home would be a distant reality. Hoping that we can go back to NORMAL again

      2. I do, too. And I think technology is changing the way we communicate. Less face to face contact. It makes me sad, but without it I wouldn’t be able to work from home. I have to say I am enjoying that! Maybe, I’ll make it a permanent thing. 🙂

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