The following is based on the information contained in Episode 1 of the 99 Parent Podcast.
There are just so many challenges raising kids today. Today’s kids are growing up in a radically different environment than the one we grew up in. Networked electronics are everywhere. School is so demanding. More demanding than when I grew up, that’s for sure.
So many after-school obligations. Both parents working. That’s just scratching the surface.
This new environment is really impacting our kids. And many times in not a great way. Lots of kids are really stressed out and unhappy.
The stats bear this out. Suicide rates among children are up 34% since 2010. And self-injury Emergency Room visits by girls are up 40% in the 5 years between 2010 and 2015.
What exactly’s going on here?
That’s a complex question that requires a lot of digging. The 10,000 foot view of it is that the impact of technology on society has fundamentally changed what it means to be a kid. Or even to be a human for that matter.