“I am SO proud of Generation X as adults/parents*”

Vol. 1,  No. 13, September 6th, 2010

TITLE:  “I am SO proud of Generation X as adults/parents*”

My audio book product this week is: “Many Ways To Say I Love You [Audiobook] [Audio CD]” by Fred Rogers. I also recently heard of a study about parental strictness/leniency:

“Canadian teenagers enjoy more freedom than French and Italian peers, according to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescence. The investigation, which examined how parents fashion emotional bonds and exert behavioural control with adolescents, was led by scientists from the University of Montreal, the Université de Rennes in France and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy.” The findings were to the effect that Italians were strict, French moderate and Canadians lenient. (Source: Science Daily, Aug. 30, 2010)

This got me thinking about my personal experiences as a child and also those as a mother. It also got me thinking about my children who are now adults and/or parents. They are part of  Generation X, which was born between 1961 and 1981.
Each generation has its time and way. My parents were from the old country. In my family, my mother, the primary child-rearing parent, was loving, but very strict, especially with me as the girl. My childhood was much different from that of my mother. Being Canadian-born and a Baby Boomer, I grew up with TV; and kid shows were mostly cartoons and fluff.
I had the advantage of increased knowledge in medicine, etc. However, when it was my turn as a new mother, even with a TV,  telephone  and books, I could not get much information on demand.  While I had a pediatrician and girlfriends, I was pretty much on my own -I found my very own parenting style. First and foremost, I drew from my Mother – I had comparable values. I also benefitted from  improvements in children’s programming. I had the resource of educational shows such as “Sesame Street”, “Mr. Drsss-up”, etc. “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was one of the best.  Later, when raising my daughters, I was a working /soccer Mom.  While I insisted upon what’s right and proper, I was somewhat more lenient than my mother had been.
When it comes to my adult daughters, they start with being caring of people in general and fond of and nurturing to children in particular. During this, the family period of their generation, we know even more about health, diet/nutrition, learning, etc. In addition, the current generation parents are improved because of technology.   In a very real sense, the world has changed. No longer in the TV age, we have passed through the (computer) information age to the specialty channel age together with Internet/cell-phones. New mothers are not isolated, but instead, connected and more informed.  I am very proud of the way my eldest daughter, a grade-school teacher, is raising my little granddaughter.

Fred McFeely Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. on March 20, 1928. He was the host of the VERY popular young children’s show, titled, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”. It focused on a child’s locality and his or her neighbours.Teaching was happening, but it was VERY low key. The show was launched in Pittsburgh in 1967. It was picked up by PBS in a year, becoming a huge hit. Rogers had several trademarks: soft voice, mild manner and cardigan sweaters. Production ended in 2001 and is still available in reruns. He died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (from stomach cancer) on February 27, 2003.


Books: “Mister Rogers Talks with Parents”, 1983; “The New Baby” (Mister Rogers’ First Experiences Books), 1985; “Making Friends” (Mister Rogers’ First Experiences Books), 1987; “Mister Rogers: How Families Grow”, 1988; and “You Are Special”, 1994;

Other content: “Many Ways To Say I Love You”.


“Many Ways To Say I Love You” [Audiobook] [Audio CD]  is a collage of  comments and statements of Fred Rogers, such based upon insights gained after years of working with parents and children. Using stories from his own life, Rogers discusses the importance of children and the role of parents. His sayings are founded in the care of his early caregivers. He downplays expensive possessions; he values the worth inside of heads and hearts.

I ask: “How can you take Dr. Mom out of a mother?” I answer: “You cannot!”  This said, I give you, “The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook” [Hardcover], with Robert Porter (as Editor), written by more than 200 internationally respected medical experts. It is a comprehensive medical resource. It is simply written. It has been around for more than a century and has sold three million copies and counting. With the current updated edition, it is still a great reference guide in the home.

It presents  in-depth information for medical situations, including: (a) Aging; (b) Gynecological Disorders; (c) Heart disease ; (d) Digestive disorders; (e)  Cancer; (f) Nutrition problems; (g) Aids; (h) Hormonal problems; (i)  Infections and immunizations; (j) Neurological Disorders;  (k) Pediatric Disorders; (l) Men’s, women’s and children’s health issues;  (m) Mental health disorders; (n)  Accidents and injuries; (o) Care for the dying;  etc.

The point

When it come to child- bearing and child- rearing, Baby Boomers have passed the baton to Generation X. To the question, “How did the Baby Boomers do as parents?” I answer: “Very well thank you…look at these fine young adults. ” However, I do have some words of advice.

Antoinette’s Parenting Suggestions

1. Start with love; and love unconditionally;

2. Pay attention to children, never leave them unattended …not even for a second;

3. Learn to say “No”, as boundaries spell love and use discipline responsibly to teach the notion of consequences; and it is never too early as the ‘time out corner’ can be a teaching tool even with young children;

4. Give your child much thought and ask such questions as: (a) “Who is he or she?” (b) “What is his or her character?” (c) “What are his or her talents?” Feed the particular needs and gifts of each child. But as a parent, if you think it beneficial, regardless of the child’s wishes, it is OK to give them music lessons or Saturday morning extra school.

5. Be an example, not by saying, but by showing: Be a good person with good qualities and instill the same in young people.

Antoinette’s Grand-Parenting Rules

1. Be good grandparents; to this end,

(a) Understand that your adult children are the parents and abstain from offering directions;

(b) Advise when asked; etc.

2. Keep your eyes open; and intervene, if and when, the child is at risk;

Speaking for Baby Boomers everywhere, I say to the adults from Generation X, “I am so proud of you as people and also, I compliment you over your kids -our precious grand-kids of today and tomorrow. Thank you in advance.”

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours? *



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