Welcome to "Hey Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.
That brings us to this week's question:
When it comes to your kids growing up, what worries you the most about their future?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.
Rich Grzyb: This Country's debt and spending issues, if continued unabated, that will not leave them a chance to have as good, if not better, standard of living than we have been given. —on Palos Patch Facebook
John Markasovic: the over all lack of respect that other parents instill on their children that will eventually be leading this country. we think we are in bad shape now wait until these kids take over in 30 years —on Palos Patch Facebook
Anthony Trendl Author: The pressure my son will feel to live life outside the values we will teach him. —on Palos Patch Facebook
Stacey Liapis Fuchsgruber: Not becoming addicted to drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications. We can tell them no don't do it, explain why, but ultimately it will be up to them to make the right choice. If they get by that with flying colors anything they do will be ok as long as they are happy! —on Beverly Mt. Greenwood Patch Facebook
Heather Romeli Fox: The gun violence —on Beverly Mt. Greenwood Patch Facebook
John Melone: Moral relativism, attacks on religious liberty and human dignity, further erosion of the marriage culture, declining prevalence of traditional family structures, a society oriented to personal happiness and comfort over community and self-sacrifice. —on Homewood-Flossmoor Patch Facebook
Monya Meinel: I'm worried about raising my son where there are so few other gay families--that he'll feel alone or be treated badly because he's in a non-traditional family. —on Homewood-Flossmoor Patch Facebook
Michael Pagoria: The decline of morals and respect. The current generation of if its broke buy a new one. Every great civilization that has fallen has destroyed itself from the inside. Looks like we're not to far away from that day. —on Homewood-Flossmoor Patch Facebook
Patti Rasmussen- Miller: Being able to be independent....find a good career they can find a job in.......not having school loans to pay for....... —on New Lenox Patch Facebook
Steve Matthew: Zombies —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook
Jessica Johnson: Will I be able to prevent my children from being one of those that was at Ford City causing trouble? Or how to avoid them thinking they are entitled to everything since their kindergarten friends already own IPhones ( yes, I've seen it)? —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook
Rami SteadyMobbin Sneineh: Having a kid before they graduate high school —on Orland Park Patch Facebook
Jessica L. Macias: Other kids! Kids are cruel, especially when starting school. I think the biggest thing for my husband & I, is that we will teach our kids confidence, independence and self-defense (just in case). —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook