I guess it could be us parents' fault

There is something that is perplexing to me. It's the attitudes of many post-baby boomers.

There's common trend among many of the post-baby boomer generation: They never seem to keep their heads above water, so to speak.

They always seem to be in debt and continually rely on others, especially their parents, for support. I'm not saying every young person has fallen into that rut, because I know many who are extremely successful in life and business.

I hope I don't offend anyone by challenging their way of life, but here are a few questions I feel are begging to be answered regarding the younger generation. No, I am not going to attempt to answer them all for everyone, because this blog would be a few thousand words long (probably the longest I would have every written) if I did so.

Here are some thought-provoking questions that may inspire debate, discussion and even conjure up past feelings, experiences and memories about their children and grandchildren they may have attempted to forget.

Do they seem to have misguided priorities?

Do they live for today and don't worry about tomorrow?

Have they lost sight of respect for their elders?

Have they forgotten what the phrase "saving for a rainy day" means?

Do they continually rely on their parents and others to take care of them even though they may be married now and have their own families?

Have they decided that debts don't need to be repaid and they fully utilize the bankruptcy system every seven years to alleviate themselves of financial obligations?

Have they forgotten what the word responsibility means?

Have they become part of the "me" generation?

It continually amazes me when I hear a younger person say they have no money saved for the future, but they are driving a very expensive car, living in a big home and spending $200 for a pair of sunglasses. They are continually going out to dinner at nice restaurants and always are dressed as if they are walking down the red carpet at the Oscars. And to top off the lifestyle they have become accustomed to, they always seem to be able to take trips to visit with their friends even though they always "cry broke."

The younger generation has lost sight of a few small words that mean a lot to a parent or grandparent. Those are Thank You, Yes Sir/Ma'am and/or No Sir/Ma'am. I don't know about you, but my parents almost beat those particular words into me. I became accustomed to saying them all of the time and because I do so, it makes me feel good for giving respect to another person.

The problem, as I see it, is that the younger generation has forgotten how to say those little words and they also forgot to teach their kids about them. Too often, people (me included) send birthday and Christmas cards to their kids and grandchildren along with a check and don't hear a peep out of them. How hard is it for the offsprings to pick up the phone or send a message via email or one of the various social media outlets just to say thanks? "Thanks" - they probably wonder what that word actually means or it isn't in their vocabulary.

I've spoken to numerous grandparents I know and they have a common thread. Their children "pop" babies out like there is no tomorrow and then find they are unable to take care of them, so they depend on someone else to take care of them. I know of at least four grandparents locally who have either adopted or are raising their grandkids. I say shame on those children who have shucked their responsibilities as a parent.

I honestly don't have a quick-fix solution to the aforementioned problems. I believe the majority of these people should get a job, buy a car if they don't have one, get a place of their own and become productive members of society. They need to stop relying on their parents and grandparents. They need to get off the couch, stop playing on the computer, stop watching so many soap operas on TV and accept some responsibilities.

Do I see this occurring soon? No way, when they can rely on others to take care of them!