Giddy Up Go

Have you been noticing like I have this younger generation doesn't seem to have any giddy up and go? I supervise the night shift where I work and have several workers who are in their early twenties. It amazes me as I watch them; they have absolutely no giddy up go about them at all.
From the time I was eleven or twelve, I was always hustling around trying to find ways to make some money so that I could buy the things I wanted.
I lived in an area where there was a lot of different kinds of farms. I picked Apples in the Orchards, Gathered Turnip Greens, Hay, worked in Chicken Houses Gathering Eggs, and Mowing Lawns. You name it, and I probably did it.

What Is Wrong With This Picture?

The kids today move around as if they are in their eighties and nineties. Well, that is an unfair assessment because my mom is 85 and she could out work most of them. It is as if, this younger generation is caught up in some kind-of-a time distortion where everything is moving in slow motion.  The-kids-today-move-around-as-if-they-are-ninety.
I refer to them as kids not saying I am old, but I'm in my early fifties, and they can't keep up with me. It's not that they aren't intelligent, but they don't seem to have any drive, ambitions, or desire to accomplish anything in life.
It is almost like they are in a canoe heading down the river toward a 200-foot drop, bouncing off the rocks, and spinning out of control without any paddles to guide their selves safely to shore; and they don't seem to care.
They appear to be in self-destruct mode and lost without any direction as to which way to go or what to do. It saddens and worries me to witness this.
At work every time I turn my back, they are sitting down and when I ask them; what do you think you are doing? The reply I get is, I'm tired!
Being that I am a supervisor I remind them in the nicest possible way that they are here to work to earn a paycheck not sit on your ass do nothing and get paid.
This younger generation today, doesn't seem to have any work ethics at all and are so lazy. Therefore I have a big turnover rate; a lot more than I should have. The jobs at the company I work for are not hard they are mostly automated.
So, if they cannot even do these jobs what hope do they have of doing anything in life?

What Is The Real Cost?

The worst part about it is; We as parents did this to our children.
We wanted them to have a better life than what we had growing up.
We wanted to give them the things we wanted but never got. So, in a sense, we are re-living our childhood lives through our children.
Let me try to explain what I mean by the above sentence. When we were growing up, there were all kinds of things we wanted but didn't get because our parents didn't have a lot of money, so they gave us only what was needed; instead of what we wanted.
Now that we are parents and go shopping for our children, we see all kinds of things that we would love to have had; so we buy them for our kids. We are giving them this and that pretty much anything they wish for no matter what the cost.
The real cost is what I stated above. We are raising a society of children who doesn't understand what it means to struggle for what they want out of life or how to work for it. What they have learned is all they have to do is WHINE about wanting something, and we will GIVE it to them.
The problem with all of this is these kids today are not learning the value of having to work for whatever it is they want out of life; they expect everything to be handed to them as if they are entitled. Which in turn makes them lazy, unappreciative, and dependent upon us.
They are not learning how to make informed decisions, manage money, pay bills, or save for a rainy day. They are not learning the reality of life about choices and consequences as well as the struggles in life. I see way too many kids having children who cannot even take care of themselves.

Teens With Kids

There are too many young men/women between the ages of 17 – 21 where I work who already have two and three children, and they are by no means mature enough to have a family. But we all know who raises them; it's the grandparents!
Here we think that our kids are grown and ready to be kicked out of the house, and then we end up having to start all over again. I don't mean to offend anyone here, but it truly is our fault.
I-Just-Got-My-Own-Kids-Out-Of-The-House Here-We-Go-Again!
Instead of teaching them how to be strong independent young men and women and how to work for what they want. We just had to Give them a Better Life than what we had. But my question to you is. Did we really have it that bad? Who is paying the price for it? We Are!
I remember when I was young I also wanted a lot of stuff just as any kid will. But I also remember my mother telling me she couldn't afford it, and if I wanted it, I would save up my allowance to pay for it.
But by the time I had saved up enough money, there was always something else I would want instead. The Moral of this sentence is. (If it is something, you want you will save up your money and buy it. If you can't save your money for it; then you really didn't want it anyway. It was just a fad.)

How To Stop The Madness

Parents, it's time for us to get back to teaching the basics when raising our children. It's time to start giving them only what they need and back to teaching them how to work for what they want.
It's time to get back to teaching our children how to be responsible young adults and how to think for themselves so they can make the best possible decisions. Teach them about the choices and consequences they may face in life.
It's time to get back to teaching them about finances, budgeting, saving, about having children. following their dreams, and passions in life. Teach them how to think not what to think.

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Sincerely Dale (Life Coach)

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