Although for general society… I might could understand your thoughts….certainly easy to find it. However… I am such the contradiction to your thoughts. I grew up a “latch key” kid. Actually rural anywhere all of us pretty much were. My father died when I was 2 my mom held 2 jobs just to hold bills at bay. Never been in trouble with the law and though I do love my video games love playing out side.
My kids one just finishing drivers ed (help us all) and the youngest at 12 are both being brought up old school by myself and their mother. I tell them all the time when they ask why we are the way we are. My response…. your going to learn the value of value. Not just monetary but also in things that cannot be purchased. The oldest got the lesson of trust 2 years ago and how hard it is to get that back . Fortunately our methods have been relatively successful and the reason for the lesson was not for dangerous or overly dramatic reasons. The opportunity was not lost for a lesson taught. As a matter of fact you can find me telling my kids that my household different from their mothers is like that of a Native American PoV. I am not here to entertain or babysit you . I have 18 years of your life to teach and prepare you for the next 60+ years of your life. Doesn’t mean I don’t get down and play with or talk with them . However every moment a lesson can be found… will be a lesson taught.
IMO the “Let kids be kids” folks are more at the heart of the problem ’cause these folks have forgotten what kids of the generations past did. These are not limited to any generation either. But you got your butt up an hour before dawn, fed animals, done chores then off to school…. stay at school….come home to do homework and chores that were left unfinished. Then and only then if you had enough daylight left you were allowed to play…. variations in timing of course. However children had immense amounts of responsibility. Hell look at some of the reporting ages of the wars that have been fought. You give them no responsibilities and hold them accountable for it… they have no reason to be ambitious and strive for success… they will just sit and wait for what their used to getting… pampered.
Credit… well yea… I agree that is our own faults. Its easy to get duped into something when you want something bad. Thankfully I was taught from an older generation that if you cant pay for it with cash (with the exception of a house) then you really didn’t want it anyway or you would had saved up for it. Is why me and my significant other now debate the idea of buying our kids their first car. I am absolutely against it. IF they want it they will value it more if they have something invested in it such as their own money… too often growing up and even more now as a career mechanic I see and saw cars wrapped around various objects by kids and hearing the conversation following them being told it was totaled.. “Dont worry Timmy we’ll just have to get you another one”