The generation that raised us is on hand to tell us how to raise our own kids a little too often for our liking.
We will have all been told how much better things were when our parents were kids. With the state some parts of the world are in right now, we sometimes tend to think they might be onto something. Then we snap out of it and realize how much was wrong with the world back then too. Plus, more importantly, how the actions of baby boomers caused the problems we are trying to remedy today.
We have a number of parenting tidbits baby boomers insist on passing down to us courtesy of Fatherly, and why you should ignore them completely. First up, telling us we need to let our kids get dirty. It's not that we don't agree, it's that they say it to us as if we are losing our minds when they come home with a little mud on them. Kids get dirty, we know it, we've seen it, no one has a problem with it.
That one sort of goes hand in hand with being told that our children "need to get hurt" every now and again. As with getting dirty, we know that children hurt themselves from time to time. However, saying that they need to get hurt is definitely a stretch. Which brings us swiftly onto our next point, what they should and shouldn't play with.
If any baby boomer tells you that your kids play too many video games, ask them to leave. Before they leave, remind them which generation invented video games. Plus, once they've left, yell at them out the window that your son plays with dolls and there is nothing wrong with that. They'll really enjoy that.
So that this isn't just a baby boomer bashing article from start to finish, we would like to commend the generation on something we are well and truly screwing up. Vaccinations. While anti-vaxxers may have always existed, the lack of social media meant the few of them there were couldn't spread their message. Now that they can, diseases the previous generation effectively eradicated are now making a return. Good job, guys.