Check out the 11 things that boomer parents 'got right', according to a teacher (but not everyone agrees)

One teacher has made up her mind after her experience with "hundreds and hundreds of other people's kids" - but not everyone thinks she's got it right

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Teacher Teresa Newman has taken to TikTok to share 11 things she agrees with boomers on when it comes to raising children.

The debate around parenting styles between millennials and baby boomers is a hot topic in the world of child-raising, with many millennials revealing what they wish their parents had done differently and begging them to keep their anxieties to themselves.

While millennials have popularised the empathetic gentle parenting style, many boomers lean more towards authoritative parenting styles - and this disconnect can cause friction between the generations in families.

Now, one teacher has revealed the 11 things she believes boomer parents got right when it comes to raising kids. Taking to TikTok, Teresa Newman explained, "Here are 11 things that I agree with boomers on about how to raise a child, as a teacher who's about to have a baby."

She went on to say, "As someone who's had 13 years of experience with hundreds and hundreds of other people's kids and seeing the effects of some of these things not being implemented, I promise you I have well beyond made up my mind."

11 things boomer parents got right, according to a teacher


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  1. No iPads: "All I’m going to say is my kid has a whole world to explore and none of that has to do with being stuck in front of a tablet."
  2. No smartphones until high school: "Kids that are younger than that age do not know internet safety to a point where I feel comfortable letting them have free reign of the internet."
  3. Teaching them the value of their education: "There are far too many parents that are teaching their kids that education is only linked to financial stability... What I’m going to teach them is this has nothing to do with how much money you’re making or how successful you’ll be professionally. But you will still value it, nonetheless."
  4. Respect their teachers and treat them well: "This may be biased because I am a teacher, but everyone who has gone through a professional degree program and has put in the time and is there, giving you the quality education, deserves some type of attention and deserves to be treated well."
  5. Be kind to elderly folks: "If they’re on public transportation and they’re sitting down and there’s an old lady standing next to them and there are no other seats available, my child will know to stand up and give that lady his seat."
  6. Using 'Yes ma'am/Yes sir': "It does not matter your age or status in society, as long as they are respecting their pronouns, that’s how we’re gonna be talking to other people."
  7. Terms of greeting and gratitude: "Simple greetings and simple terms of gratitude [such as 'please', 'thank you' and 'you're welcome'] are just not being taught like they used to. I think it’s really sad."
  8. Consequences for poor behaviour: "If they’re neglecting their schoolwork and not doing what they’re supposed to do, they get their technology taken away… Simple things like this are pretty common sense and I’m not sure why they’re not being done anymore."
  9. Respect adult conversations and adult spaces: "They don’t get to interrupt two adults speaking to each other... If they don't learn how to do that as a child they're going to be the most obnoxious adult ever."
  10. Cleaning your own mess and participating in chores: "My child is going to put as much work in the house as we are, regardless of whether he’s paying rent out of his own pocket or not. That’s because when my son becomes an adult, I want him to be a partner or a spouse or a roommate that someone is proud to have around."
  11. Bedtimes: "As long as he is living under my roof as a minor; he’s gonna have some sort of bedtime."

Teresa's video has a huge 2.1 million views on TikTok, and plenty of other users share her opinions. One commented, "I don’t think I’d ever get my future kids an actual iPad. Though I’d be fine with a Leapfrog tablet," while another said, "My dad (boomer) always told me. 'never stop learning, the day you stop learning is the day you die, so learn something every day'".

But others were quick to point out that not all these rules are practical or easily enforceable as a modern day parent. One user wrote under Teresa's video, "I can guarantee you taking away your child’s technology will never do any good whatsoever. Find another punishment that is related."

Another said, "No iPads...until the school set homework on apps that iPad", while a further user pointed out, "Although I agree with you, there’s some scenarios you haven’t considered… imagine teaching full time from home remotely during the pandemic, with 1-2 babies at your feet that you are full caregiver".

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Ellie Hutchings
Family News Editor

Ellie is GoodtoKnow’s Family News Editor and covers all the latest trends in the parenting world - from relationship advice and baby names to wellbeing and self-care ideas for busy mums. Ellie is also an NCTJ-qualified journalist and has a distinction in MA Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University and a first-class degree in Journalism from Cardiff University. Previously, Ellie has worked with BBC Good Food, The Big Issue, and the Nottingham Post, as well as freelancing as an arts and entertainment writer alongside her studies. When she’s not got her nose in a book, you’ll probably find Ellie jogging around her local park, indulging in an insta-worthy restaurant, or watching Netflix’s newest true crime documentary.