The main point of my blog yesterday was to express my belief that whether we be parents,caregivers or educators the role of helping young adults transition into adulthood is not an easy one, it is, however a very important one and one that has far more good days and positives than it does bad days and negatives.
At times I am saddened at the manner in which young people are portrayed in the media, who all too often present us with an image of today’s youth as either obsessed and addicted to computer/ phone screens or participating in various forms of substance abuse.
This negative portrayal is, of course, a huge generalisation and far from the truth but it does seem that we have always been quick to criticize the younger generation. A criticism captured in this quote;
“Our youth now love luxury.They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”
Rather than a recent complaint the quote above was made by Socrates over two thousand years ago. Some things never seem to change.
Maybe just maybe they aren’t that bad, they are challenging but if we stop seeing them as a problem and start realising and acknowledging their potential then maybe we will start to actually understand our children for the wonders that they are.
If for no other reason this is a wise and prudent move because who else is going to help you when your phone, computer, ipad, television etc. starts to play up.