“Daddy, things are different today from when you were little.” If I’ve heard that once, I’ve heard it a thousand times from my eight-year-old son Evan.
Of course, he’s right. Things are different.
When I was younger, if someone wanted to get in touch with me, they either had to come to my house or they had to call my house. After all, that’s where the telephone was located— hardwired into the wall! Nowadays, with cell phones, we are accessible just about everywhere we go.
Cars are smaller today. Planes go faster. The world really doesn’t feel nearly as big today as it did when I was younger.
Evan is right, “Things are different today.”
But, does being different make the things of today better than the things of yesterday? Not necessarily. They are just different.
Over the last 50 years or so, there has been a remarkable transformation in how children see their world and their parents—and in how parents see their children and understand how they should be raised. There’s no debating it: families are different today. Or, as many would claim, we are living in a postmodern world.