Most parents who have or who have had pre-teen and teenaged children know that the kids can be a big challenge. That is putting it mildly. It has been stated that you can tell the type of people parents are by observing the behavior of their children. This may seem a little unfair, but it also tends to be true. At the very least, it is possible to tell how good the people are at parenting by watching the behavior of the kids.
Even more poignant in defining the issue are the words of a specific person who said:
“Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers. I despair for the future.”
There is good news in this quote, though. You see, the quote is 2400 years old and was spoken by Socrates. It seems that at least in regard to kids, not much has changed since 400 years before the birth of Jesus. Kids today are the same that they were back then. The tools have changed, but the kids haven’t. This also means that each one of us who are parents once fit the same mold. That is worth remembering. Socrates might have despaired for the future, yet we’ve continued on.
Socrates was a wise man, but he didn’t have all the answers. Still, there are tremendous kernels of truth in some of the things he said. For instance, he also said:
“My advice to you is to get married: If you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.”
Note that I’m not a philosopher, though at times I do wax philosophically.