Growing up in the 1960’s, we were discouraged from having any opinions, but in today’s society children are encouraged. It is right that children are encouraged and they have their own opinions.
It is our job as parents to learn how to be more understanding of our children’s opinions, as long as our children’s views of what they want for themselves don’t interfere with their health. In the same way, it is up to our parents to try to be more understanding of us and our opinions.
It isn’t easy for any parent to discuss opinions with their children without meaning to be discouraging, as they continue to look for compromises between what they want for their children, what they want for themselves and what their children will accept. When it comes to viewpoints, reaching a compromise where everyone is happy isn’t always easy.
Until children learn how to channel their thinking, it is possible that their expressed opinions may be forthright, which can make discussions with their parents a little more difficult. Boundaries seem to have changed with each passing generation.
But respect looked and sounded different back then. When it came to parents having an opinion, children were more likely to conform to their parents’ wishes.