Children have zero respect, says top physician.


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If you look around at the state of humanity and feel like it has gone downhill drastically, you’re not imagining things.

The behavior of our children has never been worse, and it has happened in such a short time that it has been physically observable – this is fast even in the throw-away culture that has prevailed since the millenium.

Dr. Leonard Sax has presented his observations of modern children printed in the wall Street Journal.

He documents the lack of respect children have for not just everyone around them but for their parents as well.

He writes:

“Kyle was absorbed in a videogame on his cellphone, so I asked his mom, ‘How long has Kyle had a stomach ache?’ Mom said, ‘I’m thinking it’s been about two days.’ Then Kyle replied, ‘Shut up, mom. You don’t know what you’re talking about.’ And he gave a snorty laugh, without looking up from his videogame. Kyle is 10 years old.”

There have been many contributing factors to this shift in behaviour. Despite all of the positives, the internet also brought a culture where people, especially children seek to be instantly gratified. No-one has to wait for anything anymore, and for a child’s brain living in this kind of environment growing up it can be especially damaging.

“I have been a physician for 29 years. This sort of language and behavior from a 10-year-old was very rare in the 1980s and 1990s. It would have been unusual a decade ago. It is common today. America’s children are immersed in a culture of disrespect: for parents, teachers, and one another. They learn it from television, even on the Disney Channel, where parents are portrayed as clueless, out-of-touch or absent. They learn it from celebrities or the Internet. They learn it from social media. They teach it to one another. They wear T-shirts emblazoned with slogans like ‘I’m not shy. I just don’t like you.’”


The blame culture that came with the ease of lawsuits being filed during the 1990’s has made parents unaccountable for their child’s actions, there is always someone else to blame for their bad behaviour.

Whether or not this is a fixable problem, Dr. Sax has some words of advice to parents in the hope of reducing this kind of behaviour in children.

  • Put the well-being of the family first.
  • Remove distractions.
  • Draw a line in the sand, and then stand your ground.

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