Teens today are issued a challenge. I worry; not just about mine but about them all. The challenge involves one another – the way we treat, show respect for and have love for each other.
I remember that time in my life vividly. Having to choose this friend or that to make another happy. Being honest was “my thing” but honesty wasn’t what was popular. Who were we then? I know I was very much the same at heart, but my desire to “fit in” sometimes got in the way.
I’ve always wanted everyone to like me, I still do for that matter. But today, as an adult and a parent, that has changed.
I want more.
I want more for me back then but I wouldn’t change a thing that got me to where I am now.
I want more for my daughter because she’s already got the best pieces of me, far before I ever did.
I want more for the teens of this world because they are our future.
Nothing is going to come easy. It’s going to require change, perseverance, a humble spirit, trust, love and patience.
Can I tell you a secret?
It’s a really important one…
That change starts right there in your home, in your life, in your mind. The only way we can see a bright future for our children is to change OUR perspective; set a good example. As gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Want better for you kids? Then you’ve got to be better for them first. Stop the name calling, the finger pointing, the blame game, the “why me”. Focus on the positive, stop judging others, start believing in something, and for goodness sakes, stop the cussing and put down your middle finger! If you want to raise good children, you have to be a good parent. If you want to see change in the world, you have to realize it starts within you.
I remember wanting to fit in. I remember at one point I did. Want to know what I want for my daughter right now? I don’t want her to fit in. I want her to stand out.
So teens today…they’re facing a challenge. You have to decide, are you part of the problem or the solution?