The role adults play in teens’ lives

Posted: January 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

Excerpts from a student’s essay (one of my favorite essays from last spring):

“Most adults are always quick to say kids nowadays are no good and won’t make it in life. The worst thing about that is that the adults don’t even know the children they talk about. They always use stereotyping as a factor of judging kids instead of getting to know and help them. Instead of saying that a child is no good and needs help, people should feel as if that child is their own and reach out a helping hand.”

“Last, parents should listen to their kids more and hear to what they have to say. Most kids who are out in the streets are only out there because they feel no love at home and feel neglected by their parents. Some parents may tell their child to get out of their face and can care less what they do outside. Those same parents are the ones who are at the funeral screaming not my baby. If they would have just given their child love from the start, they wouldn’t be in that situation.”

I like the student’s neighborly idea of looking out for each other; just as he said, it’s easier to judge other people than it is to help them.

As Stephen Covey says in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Look at the word responsibility – “response-ability” – the ability to choose your response.”

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