Northwest NEWS

June 1, 1998

Editorial

What's wrong with our kids?

  Okay, I have to say it. I cannot stand to hear the question one more time without responding. "What's wrong with our kids today?" Let me tell you. "What's wrong" is the adults. Just look at us. We should be ashamed of what we have done to our families. How many times have we said to one another "I'm so busy..." Why do we think this doesn't affect our children?
  
   And what about the fact that we not only accept free sex and violence on our TV/billboards/magazines/etc., but that we demand it. We even demand that religion be kept out of our schools. Who is raising our children purposefully for a life of values and morals? Is it daycare? Do they really have an emotional investment in our children to see that they learn love and kindness? I think not. You want to know what went wrong that the young boy in Springfield, OR (and others) took a gun to school? Look at us. The adults.
  
   We don't need more gun control, more jails, more policemen, more laws. We need to get back to the children. We need to get back to family. We need to get back to God. The problem is internal, can't we see that? Let's get our heads out of the sand and look up. Cut our financial losses and parent our own children.
  
   Even a small change in the right direction will help. I can suggest a few things such as listening to Dr. Laura Schlessinger on KOMO 1000 AM. We don't have to agree with everything she says, but it will cause us to examine some profound issues in our own lives. Get and watch The Peoples' Network on Primestar. Or just leave it on in the background while you do your daily chores, etc. It is packed full of various life education shows that can help us start to make changes in our society.
  
   And then there's prayer. We don't need to become religious zealots to know God. We don't even need to attend church on Sunday to know Him. All we have to do is talk to Him on our way to the store, or when we go to mow the lawn, or coffeebreak at work, etc. And how about just committing to speaking with your child rather than at him/her. Can you make a small change for the betterment of the world? Thank you to those that do already and thank you to those who will now.
   Robyn Corry, Duvall