a reply to: Mousygretchen
TL;DR - totally agree. Actually, maybe it's not more selfish than before, maybe most parents "now" and "then" weren't/aren't much different.
My Captain Longwind version:
I think in many cases, yes. Many people are wimpy little wussies when it comes to raising children - and the worst of the whiners are the ones who put
the least effort in. I hear complaints that make me laugh all the time by parents of 6mo-3yr olds such as these:
"I hardly ever get a night out at the bars anymore!"
Same here! My son was born almost 4 years ago, my daughter 2. Since then, I've only gotten hammered at the bars like zero times every 4 years!
"I've definitely cut back on my gaming time!"
Maybe stop being such a sissy and sleeping 4 hours a night and you could dedicate the proper amount of time to gaming.
"The only way I'm able to keep up with Facebook now is because I can multitask while I watch my shows!"
Same problem here. An ATS comment while we're watching Little Einsteins. Read an OP while Penguins of Madagascar is on. -oh wait, your
and plural?! Ha! Thought you were being serious!
I'm only slightly exaggerating my responses. What bothers me isn't so much that people don't realize they need to set aside most of their mindless
tedium leisure "activities", or even that most people don't have the brains or willpower to be more efficient, work harder and deal with less
What bothers me is that people are bothered by any sacrifice they DO make, and resent doing so, rather than cherishing every moment with their
children and incorporating them into their lives as much as possible. It's enriching for the children and the parents. I don't feel like I'm "missing"
anything - quite the opposite.
I wish people who aren't ready to raise children would stop having children. I fear there's going to be a generation mostly full of kids whose parents
taught them next to nothing - probably what they do teach amounts to "Be quiet!" "Because I said so!" and "Just do as you're told!" - perfect fodder
for indoctrination subjects at the hands of whoever they can hand them off to so they can get back to their drone leisure.