Are We Raising a Nation of Wimps?

One of the books I am currently reading is “Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues With Timeless Truths” by R. Albert Mohler Jr. It is a wonderful book full of essays that address a wide variety of topics clearly, biblically, and passionately: Christian faith and politics, The Supreme Court and religion, The truth about terrorism, Christ parents and public schools, the abortion debate, Christian repsonse to global tragedies, and more!

As Christians we are told in the Scriptures, “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have… (1 Peter 3:15) and “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone (Colossians 4:11). This book will help prepare you to obey these scriptural exhortations! This book will prepare you to address some of the most challenging cultural issues of our time.

The most recent essay I read is titled, “Are We Raising a Nation of Wimps?” It is available to read here for free. I highly recommend it, and all the other articles in here to you! Here are some snippets from the essay to whet your appettite:

Our kids are growing up to be pampered wimps who are incapable of assuming adult responsibility and have no idea how to handle the routine challenges of life.

David Elkind, a prominent child psychologist, counters, “Kids need to feel badly sometimes. We learn through experience and we learn through bad experiences. Through failure we learn how to cope.”

That seems to be a foreign concept to many of today’s parents. Coddled by a generation of Baby Boomers, today’s parents have turned into hyper-protectors. Kids are not allowed to play, because they might get hurt. In today’s highly competitive environment, kids have to excel at everything, even if parents have to actually do the work or negotiate an assisted success. The routine play of childhood–even the pointless chatter, nonsense, and aimless play of children–is now considered wasted time or worse. “Messing up” is simply out of style, Marano explains. “Although error and experimentation are the true mothers of success, parents are taking pains to remove failure from the equation.”

Go read the article now and be better equipped to face our ever shifting culture!

Wondering who R. Albert Mohler is? Follow this link to learn more about him.

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