Some people believe that nowadays children have too much freedom. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
How best to raise children has always been an all-consuming question for most parents. In this regard, parents tend to opt for one of two ways: either let children have their way in everything or set limits on what they can do. There is a sense that parents are extremely permissive these days, which translates into children having lots of leeway. Compared to the past when being strict with children was the norm, today’s children seem to have too much freedom but upon closer examination, we realize that the current set-up can only lead to what is perceived to be freedom.
To begin with, most parents are caught up in a vicious cycle of never-ending work to make ends meet with the result that most children are latchkey kids. In other words, what passes for freedom in this case is driven by economic necessity rather than a conscious choice to give enough breathing space for children. What’s more, when the exhausted parents get home from work, they are too tired to play the role of a strict parent even if they wish to do so.
On the other hand, most parents tie themselves in knots as they are exposed to conflicting theories as to how to raise children. Having been inundated with unsolicited advice from parenting experts, parents find themselves confused as they navigate the murky terrain of child-rearing. Consequently, they are all too willing to let children take over and relieve them of the difficult task of parenting. Once more, this sorry state of affairs is mistaken for too much freedom.
To sum up, the erroneous notion that children have too much freedom these days is indicative of a situation in which parents seem to have very little control over the process of child-rearing.