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Millennials proving Mr. Rogers was wrong

Mr. Rogers was wrong. He meant well, but we parents ran with the “you’re special” message and now the coddling virus continues to eat away even after young people go to college. The result? According to experts interviewed on “60 Minutes”, they don’t commit, lack perseverance, and think that they…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Mr. Rogers was wrong. He meant well, but we parents ran with the “you’re special” message and now the coddling virus continues to eat away even after young people go to college. The result? According to experts interviewed on “60 Minutes”, they don’t commit, lack perseverance, and think that they are owed dream jobs.

Catering to them is now a $50 billion industry. A delayed adolescence is transforming the workplace.

More than half of post-college kids move back home after graduating. Moms continue to mother. They phone HR and say, “but my little Johnny didn’t get a good review – why?” On and on it goes.

This “60 Minutes” report does a great job of exploring the issue. It’s why discipling 20-somethings is so imperative. There is greatness in them, but it needs to be called out.

Comments (7)

  • Great blog and great CBS report. Thanks for sharing it.

    It effectively identified many of the character “blind spots” of my generation. However, the important thing is to recognize and know that one has such blind spots and be cautious of them. However, it should be remembered that all generations have these blind spots. So that while my generation struggles with such vices as a lack of commitment and perseverance and a disproportionate focus on pleasure and consumption, past generations have struggled with xenophobia, gender inequality and an inability to test the limits. This “blind spots” of previous generations are strengths of my generation. I share this last point because it is often tempting to have a revisionist understanding of history, wanting to return to a “perfect era” that never existed in the first place.

  • Fathers, indeed. So, in effect, you are saying that disciplining the millenial generation wouldn’t just transform the church, but the workplace, and consequently, our culture? Wow.

  • Fathers indeed! I see this lack of fathers in “Mr. Roger’s effect” on many of today’s youth – both in high school & in college students, whom I teach every day. It affects the whole of their personality and desire. Love, discipline, faith, and prayer…win a battleground. There was a show on TV many years ago, I think it was called, “Truth or Consequences” and at the end of the show they would say “will the real *** please stand up?” So it is today…will the real fathers, please stand up? However,the battle is the Lord’s. And we wrestle not against flesh & blood, but against powers, principalities, and high things (IICor. 10:3-5), but our weapons are not carnal, but mighty through God… It is sometimes too easy to try to power through these things by psychological techniques, or our own thinking. However, it does take a re-look, not new look at scriptures such as II Cor. 10:3-5. The word of God is the answer, we need to practice the word, and we have the answer…MIGHTY thru the Lord, to overcome the gods of this age, who have corrupted not just our youth, but also all of our mindsets… Let us do Romans 12:1-5. Renew our minds again, and with that power of God, we will be able to set this generation free, starting with ourselves. It is not all about you/us…rather, it is about JESUS!

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