ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Pendulum Swings with Every Generation

Updated on January 13, 2013

Actions Have Consequences

Because this is true, we should learn from shortfalls and embrace strong suits, building character with those tools, rather than creating blame for what isn't right in our lives. For us to cast blame on another generation for our own shortcomings is to say that what we do today is already condemned by the next. No one is exempt in this 'game'. It's either absorb or repel, depending on your personal strength & your own sense of dramatic influence.

Building strong character takes work and even if you do the work, one never knows whether a child will absorb or repel what you've endeavored to teach. Strong-willed parents don't always produce strong-willed children. Thieving children will either learn not to steal, or they will continue to steal into adulthood. Liars will either learn not to lie or they will lie as adults. It isn't always about 'children learn what they see', it's more about 'children decide what they learn'.

The simple exercise of teaching a child to say 'please' and 'thank you' is a great example. Most people recognize this as a standard of good manners, yet there are those who see it as conformity to values they don't believe in. This simple task of teaching this most elementary 'value' can make the difference in whether or not a child lives in gratitude or self-indulgence, as an adult.

The exercise of teaching a child the value of work is a bit tougher, during times when it's easier to sit them in front of a tv or video game so you're not bothered by their behavior for a few moments. When in reality, by doing so, you're sending the message that there is always an escape from what you should do, as opposed to what you 'want' to do. The value of work gets muddled by parents who 'want their children to have better than they had' and who allow a child to sit for hours and conjure up their own form of attention-grabbing 'entertainment' - sometimes destructive, sometimes downright WRONG.

People seem to think if "they" work two jobs or work harder, their children won't have to, when in reality they are sending the message that someone else will always take up the slack and responsibility for what you want and need in life. Those same parents seem terribly shocked when the child grows into a person who can't cope with what life throws their way, or who isn't good in handling every day mundane adult responsibility.

I wish when I'd had my children I'd have had a resource that understood what the impact and consequence for my actions would be with my children later in life. I think I was a good parent and I have no regrets about the way my children turned out, but it was WORK, it was never optional, and most of the time, making sure they understood the consequences of their actions took up a whole lot of time i would have just as soon they'd been off reading or playing while I relaxed. A friend of mine summed it up nicely when she said, "We don't create who our children are or who they become. Instead we create possibilities by setting a good example." I think if more people stopped making excuses for the bad behavior of themselves or their children, they'd realize what pallet of possibilities needs to be set out for that child to choose from later in life. Good manners, behavior that exemplifies that the child has actually had parents growing up - those simple things that help in forming healthy adults.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)