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October 17, 2012

ROOT: The crumbling of a generation

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — When my brother and I were growing up, it was extremely easy to tell how important we were to our mother. She always did everything she could to make sure that we had what we needed to get through school. She never, ever let any of her personal issues get in the way of making sure that my brother and I had everything we wanted when we were growing up. She made good parenting look easy.

After a few years of being a parent myself, I know that good parenting is not easy. I can tell by the strong sense of responsibility in my boy and his ability to tell right from wrong, most of the time, that my wife and I did a pretty good job with him. But I have seen plenty of kids my son’s age that I wouldn’t want to spend five minutes with. I see those parents dragging their kids through the store and screaming at their kids instead of listening to them. I never wanted to be that parent, and I think that had a lot to do with why my boy was never that screaming kid.

Adults are so ready to blame video games, the Internet and cell phones for their failings as parents that they lose sight of the truth. My kid had video games, the Internet and a cell phone and we never lost touch with him because we insisted on spending time with him. How can a parent not want to spend time with their child? I don’t understand that, and I never will understand it.

So I see the trends in movies and I see movies made by major motion picture studios starting to trail away from family movies. If the studios make a kids’ movie, they will make something that parents would never want to see. Is there any parent that would really want to see the Justin Beiber movie? I love going to the new animated movies because most of them are more entertaining than the live action flicks that are being released. But the ratio of good animated movies to bad live action movies is horribly skewed in the direction of bad live action flicks that it gets frustrating.

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