I have been pondering lately what some teenagers and adults are doing to fit in. I notice that kids are so dishonest and that the only people they seem to be true to are those friends that are doing bad things. I notice that cell phones are becoming a means of communicating porno. Kids are sending pretty graphic photos of themselves to other kids and then they are sent to everyone else. (side note-parents if you don't think that kids are doing this then think again. My volleyball players will sit on the sidelines before games and all at once I will hear "eww." They will then tell me which naked picture they just saw. Boys and girls are doing it.) Nothing new, but kids are partying at younger and younger ages. Kids are bringing alcohol to school and some try to sell it. Kids don't want to put forth effort to get good grades anymore. I am so tired of mediocrity being alright. What happened to putting forth your best effort? What happened to dressing up for important things (school, work, church, etc)? What happened to language being more uplifting instead of being so vulgar and degrading? I am so tired of kids trying to fit in with the crap of society and parents allowing them to do it. Shouldn't we all make our children pick it up?
The other day we went on a family date to Olive Garden and Talvyn had on some play clothes. We told him that he needed to wear more appropriate clothes for eating out, of course he was mad that he couldn't wear his little Incredible Hulk shirt to lunch. When we got there, we noticed many other people dressed like slobs. How do I explain this to my child, who had to change? Luckily it didn't come up and hopefully he learned that we still expect him to do certain things that we deem are appropriate. I just wish that society would step it up and stop trying to fit in to mediocrity.