I was challenged by a friend's assertion: I am so glad I am not raising kids in these timesNeither of us is of an age where this is anything but a philosophical issue, but nonetheless I'm going to take it on.

Because I think this is a GREAT time to rear children(No matter how many people insist the language is changing, I can never get my father's voice out of my headYou raise chickens, but rear children.)

Why do I think this is a great time to be a parent?

When I started to write this post, I realized I'd basically done it already, in my 30-part Good New Days Thanksgiving series from 2010. Six years later it's just as relevant. I wasn't focussing on childrearing by any means, but nearly all of my posts speak to reasons why I think it's great to be a parent today rather than in days past. Below I've included a list and links for all except the few for which I couldn't make that connection.

Sure, there are things that are more challenging now. I'd be a lot more concerned if I lived in Germany or Sweden, for example, where there is so little educational freedom. But here?  The educational resources and opportunities are so much greater than when our children were young, and almost infinitely greater than when my parents were rearing children. For that alone I'd love to have young children now, because that was definitely the most fun part of childrearing for me!

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I apologize for the usage of the word "raising" for children. I had heard of the idiomatic phrase raising Cain, and I was unaware of the difference between raising and rearing.

Your list mentions good things. However, I was thinking of such as narcotics, bullying, pornography on cell phones in schools, "music" with horrible lyrics, violence in movies and on TV, and teen pregnancy. (Not an exhaustive list.) Since you have the knowledge and disposition to do home-schooling, if you were rearing children now, your children would most probably bypass my little list.

I think too many people who do not have what is needed to be parents (other than the biological equipment) are having children, and so these children will be more vulnerable to my little list of evils.

So, all in all, I still stand by my statement. I am so glad I am not rearing kids in these times. My daughter, however, is rearing hers. Her oldest, now 18, came out to her as lesbian three years ago. The others, are a boy of ten, and 5 year old male twins. They all have learning disabilities.



Posted by Diane Villafane on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 5:25 pm

I agree these are challenging times, and as I said, without the educational freedom we have now I would be a lot more concerned. But homeschooling does not isolate you, it just makes it easier to build in some protections. If all our grandchildren escape your horrible list (and many homeschooled children do not), their friends and co-workers have to deal with them. It IS horrible, and we both could add more to the list. Parents have always had to equip their children to face evils, however, and I believe today's parents can rise to the challenge. But it certainly can be daunting. It was decades ago that Ann Landers (or Dear Abby, I forget which) asked her readers whether, if they could make the decision over again, they would choose to have children. The overwhelming majority said no. That's really sad.

I'm absolutely with you on the music, by the way. It floors me how we can drown ourselves in music that glorifies hatred, rape, acts of violence, cop killing, irresponsible sex, and abuse of women—and be surprised to find our children acting out hatred, rape, acts of violence, cop killing, irresponsible sex, and abuse of women.



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