Most are more concerned with their kids liking them and being their friend. I hear that alot. Kids need parents, they'll pick their own friends. I was fairly strict. Every now and then I'd get "I hate your guts!" music to my ears. I would reply "my guts weren't put here for you to love"... My kids both thanked me as adults for being the parent I was. THATS my definition of success!!
There have been more parents trying to raise their kids using a "hands off" approach. I'm not advocating spanking, but a failure to set rules and sticking to those rules. Children learn they can get out of anything and fail to gain respect for their parents.
I really believe so, I can't say that all youth today are heading down the wrong path but way to many are. I see so many of today's young who really don't know the difference between wright and wrong and I can see it mostly goes back to there parents. Today's parents need to learn the difference themselves to be able to set an example to our children. We also have to blame the sports athletes and other top celebrities , politicians, who seem to be in the news all the time for things they have done and got caught for! I have met many great kids who do know the difference and hope they can help set examples for the rest of us and our youth!!!
I agree with wirenut, I think a big problem these days is that the kids get away with much more than they had say 30 years ago, when I went to school teachers still paddled kids who were disruptive/disrespectful and then when you got home mom/dad whooped your butt too. These days you gotta be afraid to do that and kids learn that real quick, I'm not saying its ok to "beat" your kids but I think every kid at some point need a little "reality check". I had my azz beat I was screamed at, etc and yeah I deserved every bit of it but I sure as heck learned real quick that I didn't wanna go through it again. These days kids can be rude, disrespectful, careless and then they're punishment is losing the phone or laptop for a week.