Jonas Harrysson has worked as a recreation instructor for close to 16 years. During this time, he’s noticed a stark difference in the way young parents are raising their children.
And he believes that the tendency is clear: today’s parents are spoiling and servicing their children to the extent that kids can no longer be ‘bored’.
Jonas expressed his thoughts in a Facebook post within which he highlighted three major areas he’d like to see parents change the way they raise their kids. In just two days, the post has been shared by close to 10,000 people.
You can read it below, and decide for yourself whether you agree with him or not:
“I have worked with kids for almost 16 years and there are a few things that I’ve noticed children are becoming worse and worse at.
No.1. Children find it very difficult to be bored! There constantly needs to be something going on.
Please stop spoiling and servicing your children. It’s not dangerous for them to be bored sometimes.
No 2. I’ve met many parents who are soooo proud that their kids can read and count before starting preschool.
Well, I hate to break it to you, but reading and counting, they’ll learn soon enough. Teach them instead to play, to be a good friend, and to share.
My third point is that many children find it difficult to show gratitude to both other kids and adults. Can they get an “extra” one is unfortunately often a first question.
“We only get one!?” is a common complaint I hear.
What happened PLEASE!? And thanks for dinner, and thanks for the ride, and so on?
I have no children yet, but if I do sometime in the future I will teach them to play, to be a good friend, to show gratitude and to be bored from time to time. When they learn those things, then will I teach them to read and count:)
Jonas later told a local paper that he believes that spoiling children has the reverse effect on them than expected.
“I think we are doing them a disservice. Children have plenty of imagination and we mustn’t destroy it by constantly feeding them with ideas of things to do,” he told the newspaper
You can check out the original post on Facebook here: