To all of you born between 1946 – 1964, here’s a little recap….
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and or drank when they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and were never tested for diabetes.
After that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in our crib covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we wore baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no airbags, no seatbelts, bald tires and sometimes bad brakes.
Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar….AND we weren’t overweight! Why?
Because we were always outside playing, that’s why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came back on.
No one was able to reach us all day…..and we were okay.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down a hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have PlayStations, Nintendo’s and XBoxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD Surround sound, or CD’s. No cell phones, no personal computers, no internet and no chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from and dirt and the worms did not live in us forever.
We rode bikes or walked to a friends house and knocked on the door or rang the bell and just talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn with disappointment. Imagine that!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of! They actually sided with the law!!
These generations have produced some of the best risk takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50 years have been an EXPLOSION of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility and we learned how to deal with it all.
This next generation isn’t the most difficult but has challenges we never even considered. They need a sense of purpose; they need strong relationships; they need role models they can trust. If we understand them, we can more accurately shape the environment in our homes to meet their needs and point them toward lives of true meaning. (www.christiananswers.net)