Our social climate has changed tremendously over the years. No longer are the days of imaginative play, reading for pleasure, or community discipline. Children are physically developing faster and are being exposed to more confusing messages than ever before. There is a certain amount of excitement that comes with being young, but this excitement can become a hindrance if focused only on passing pleasures.
With the overwhelming influences of today’s society, we must take extra care to teach our children to relish in their childhood. Once they are faced with adult responsibilities, they’ll be unable to go back and recapture the innocence of their youth.
Many parents want to make all the choices for their children, but this hurts them in the long run. You don’t have to monitor every step they take once you’ve taught them right from wrong. This is not to say that stumbling blocks will not be encountered, but keeping an open line of communication will give you an opportunity to steer your child down the appropriate path when necessary.