#125: The Epidemic (Part 1)

#125: The Epidemic (Part 1)

Who’s on this episode?

Jeff Strommen @jstrommen | Dave Wager @wagerdaw | Jason Kemper @kempster220

Today’s teens are growing up in a very interesting time in history. According to Dr. Robert Shaw, in his book The Epidemic: Raising Secure, Loving, Happy, and Responsible Children in an Era of Absentee and Permissive Parenting, far too many children today are sullen, unfriendly, distant, preoccupied, and even unpleasant. They whine, nag, throw tantrums,  and demand constant attention from their parents, who are spread too thin to spend enough time with them. Feeling guilty and anxious, the parents in turn soothe their kids with unhealthy snacks, faddish clothing, toys, and media.”

It seems, as parents, we’ve forgotten what children actually require in order to grow into happy, responsible adults.

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Children need a firm moral center, the kind of anchoring that helps them pick appropriate friends, make the right decisions, and view others empathetically. Parents must help their child(ren) develop essential values like empathy, effort, duty, and honor.


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What we know is good for children:

  • secure attachment to a primary caregiver
  • a safe, structured, and ordered environment
  • lots of free time to exercise creativity and imagination