One teacher has revealed which generation produces the “worst parents”, saying he has had both the “pleasure and displeasure” of teaching kids whose parents belong to the Baby Boomer, Generation X and Millennials cohorts.
Labelling Boomers as “rude” and “demanding” and Millennials are “timid” and “naive”, the anonymous biology teacher recalled some of the worst – and some of the best – experiences he had with protective parents – before making the conclusion that Gen X parents are “the worst” on website Bored Panda.
Analysing the past relationships he has shared with the parents of his students, after decades in the classroom, the middle and high school teacher broke down “the good, the bad and the ugly” across all three generations.
While he reckons that Baby Boomers are the most impatient, rude and demanding of the three generations, the teacher did praise parents in this age group for investing in their children’s futures, saying they were always willing to take on board his suggestions.
However, he then went on to reveal their downfall, saying that Boomers, in his experience, often think they know best and recalled instances where he’s been on the receiving end of their fiery tempers.
“They get angry the easiest and they will go BALLISTIC,” he wrote. “The only time I had to call the school resource officer (police officer stationed at the school) was the escort out a baby boomer whom I requested a conference with.”
On the other hand, he gave Gen Xers a big thumbs up for having a good sense of humour and being able to provide for their children. But although they can provide their kids everything they need, the teacher revealed they aren’t the best at disciplining them and are perhaps a little self-centred.
“My coworkers and I often refer to them as ‘the generation that wanted kids, but didn’t want to be parents’,” the teacher added, attributing this to why he classes this generation as the worst of the bunch.
He then went on to reveal why he voted Gen X parents as his least favourite, revealing that many within this age bracket refuse to believe that their kids are anything but perfect little angels. He said: “Hoo boy do I hate these parents. No matter what you tell these parents and no matter what their child has done, they always shift the blame to someone else.”
And then there are the young parents in the Millennial generation, aged roughly between 22 and 37. He revealed, perhaps surprisingly that this age group are very polite, good listeners and very caring. But it isn’t all good news, as the teacher also described them as timid, naive and said these parents can sometimes over react to situations.
“I’ve had a couple of Millenial parents go into Gordon Ramsay-esque tirades on their children,” the teacher explained. “It’s scary, and not how you should deal with your children having a problem or being in trouble.”