I did a segment about bullying a few days ago. This conversation — like any conversation that centers around the youth of today — prompted a bunch of emails claiming that kids these days are pampered and “soft.” Kids “have it too easy,” they say. I’ve heard this claim a thousand times, and every time I’m disturbed by it.
For some reason, I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit over the last couple of days. Do kids really “have it easy”? I’ve always thought this attitude is flawed and dangerous, but I couldn’t put my finger on why, exactly. Everybody seems so confident that it’s ‘easy’ to be a kid in this country, so why aren’t I reassured when I look at my own children? Why do I fear for them so deeply if they are blessed to be born into these ‘easy’ times?
I mean, it…
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