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Hey Mom and Dad, What Worries You Most About Your Children's Future?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.

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.

Patty H. As a middle school teacher, I see and hear EVERYTHING! That in and of itself makes me worried. via Oswego Patch Facebook

Jennifer M. For my teen, getting in a car with someone who shouldn't be driving. I'm terrified of him getting in an accident! via Yorkville Patch Facebook

Mark D. Being surrounded by uneducated, unappreciative, spoiled brats raised by incompetent parent(s). Oh, wait. That's already happening. via Joliet Patch Facebook

Michelle B. Everything pretty much, I'm a mom and I will worry about my child until the day I die, no matter how old they are! My one major worry is that I haven't prepared him for the real world, the world now is a much crueler world than when I was his age!!! via Bolingbrook Patch Facebook

Anna G. Making sure they don't get involved with the worng crowd n drugs , but I hope that they get a great education and go to college. via Plainfield Patch Facebook

So what's your take? Tell us in the comments. 

Jimmy February 26, 2013 at 04:40 PM
While the state pension system is a broken one, I hate to see the teachers that dedicate their lives to help raise and teach everyone else's family take the blame. The job of a teacher isn't typically one that is lucrative, of course there are exceptions and there are ones that take advantage of the system, but good teachers need to be rewarded and not be the punching bags they have been. No intention on attacking anyone's views or opinions, but the benefit that a teacher earns is widely misunderstood. A teacher contributes their share, by law around 10%, into their pension fund. They are then required to work until the age of 55,which may not allow them to receive their full benefit depending on years of service. However they are now required to work until 67, who wants a 67 year old watching a room full of their kindergarten kids, or believes that a 67 year old is able to control a room full of teenagers? In addition to a pension they may not be able to maximize, teachers are not eligible to receive social security benefits that all other tax payers receive. As far as a teachers schedule and salary, having teachers as friends and family, I can tell you they are certainly busier than the 8-3, Monday thru Friday, for 9 months everyone gives them a lack of credit for. What isn't seen by most of us is the teacher going in early to prepare, staying late to help a struggling child or working with a parent, working on their class and curriculum before school is in session.
Kbell February 26, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Finding a job without at least a 4 year college education...moving out of the house before they are 30...ever being able to retire. I think as an adult we run into the same issues our kids are going to.
Jimmy February 26, 2013 at 04:46 PM
I'll also add that teachers that decided long ago that this was going to be their career path realized that they weren't going to get rich, that as hard as they worked there would be little room for advancement or raises. Those who don't work in the public sector have different opportunity, for better or worse. The measure of a teachers hard work is in the kids, not by the car they drive or the neighborhood they live in.
Kelli Jones February 26, 2013 at 07:42 PM
That one day my beautifully, brilliant kids will not be judged by the color of their skin first!
Melissa February 26, 2013 at 09:18 PM
A VVSD education.

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