In some ways, I have it worse than my parents did. Not growing up, of course.
Growing up, I had it better than my parents. Mom and Dad often reminded me of this.
But I think that as a parent today, I have it worse than my parents did because it’s arguably harder to be a parent now.
While our children have it even easier than those of us who were raised in the 1970s and 1980s, this has also resulted in tougher lessons that they have to learn because they have “had it easy.”
Growing up, I was told how my dad worked long hours under the steaming Texas sun as he picked cotton and other crops to help support his family.
I then saw my parents take part in the civil rights movement by posting “Don’t eat grapes” stickers on our fridge, in support of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers.
And as community activists, they worked with others to help Hispanics get better education and representation in government.
My “having it rough” story to my daughter is having to walk to and from college with no vehicle, and no cell phone.
What “having it rough” stories will our kids tell their kids?
Helena Rodriguez is a freelance writer and English instructor. She can be reached at: