Speaking of “classics,” are you familiar with this quote?
The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
Although it has often been attributed to Plato or Aristotle, the Quote Investigator tells us the source is neither as ancient or as famous as we think.
I’m not sure that diminishes its value.
Somehow the image of “the ancients” complaining about “kids these days” is often enough to jolt us back to the reality of our job: though a labor of love, good parenting can be hard work.
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