Absolutely Mitch, you absolutely should examine the stewards of our children and their methods of child rearing. Clearly we’ve gotten away from some of the old basics in child rearing, and we haven’t dealt with abuse and neglect, appropriately. I have written my personal stories on how abuse, neglect, and awful child rearing impact us as adults.
Old people used to say to me a long time ago you need to look at a family line before marrying and having children with a person. I firmly believe in that saying. Almost anyone can make a baby. Not everyone has the skills, patience, and mental stability to make another healthy, stable human being. Kids don’t come with instruction manuals, and parents don’t know what they don’t know, until they don’t know it. Women are left with a bulk of child rearing, we also have more mental health issues than men which may play a role in the mental well-being of our youth.
According to WHO, Unipolar depression, predicted to be the second leading cause of global disability burden by 2020, is twice as common in women. Additionally, they indicate the lifetime prevalence rate for alcohol dependence, another common disorder, is more than twice as high in men than women. In developed countries, approximately 1 in 5 men and 1 in 12 women develop alcohol dependence during their lives.
There is definitely a correlation between child rearing and our mental well-being.