Every generation worries about its children. They seem so different. A book we feature today, suggesting today’s teenage generation, the “millennials” are being brought up too gently, is tapping into every parent’s anxieties. Are we too soft?
The millennials (born since 1990) have parents born mostly in the 1960s and 1970s when life was becoming more liberal in all respects. Most of them will have had a “softer” upbringing than most people had in the 1950s and earlier. Corporal punishment began to disappear from schools in the 1970s and eventually was made illegal. “Smacking” persisted in homes where “Generation X” (1967-90) was growing up but probably was used sparingly. It was not until 2007 that violence became illegal in family life too.
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