Why Boomer parents ruined everything
Boomers are anyone born between 1943 to 1960. According to this article the boomers "ruined everything" because they invented helicopter parenting, which means they hover over every aspect of their child's life.
The author is a boomer himself and remembers his childhood as "the wonder years". His parents were extremely uninvolved. The only time they came to school was when he was in trouble, they never helped him with his homework, and had huge blocks of unscheduled time. He jokingly refers to his parents as "submarine parents" because they only surfaced occasionally when it was absolutely necessary. This gave him the freedom to learn how to handle his own workload, entertain himself, and explore the world with his friends.
For some reason when his generation grew up they parented almost completely opposite of the way they were raised. They've changed the rules of parenting. Parents are expected to attend PTA meetings, volunteer in the classroom, sign their children up for extra curricular activities as early as preschool, and constantly monitor their homework. Children aren't allowed to play on their own out of earshot of an adult. He blames this on the fear conjured by the milk carton phenomenon that made it seem like children were being snatched by strangers every week. It turns out the rate of stranger abduction hasn't changed at all since the 1950's.
Are you a boomer parent or were you raised by one? My parent's were born in 1961 and their parent's were born in the 1930's. They sort of missed the boomer parenting style all together and I guess it showed. I played outside by myself almost every day in the summer, I was responsible for getting my own school work done and paying the consequences if I didn't. They only came to school for conferences or if there was a concert or something. I don't think my parent's were helicopter parents at all.
Do you think the boomer's ruined everything? Did they do anything right?