We hear a lot of negative commentary about the youth of today. It would seem all teenagers use drugs and don’t care about anything except for their smart phones. However, I don’t believe this to be true. I think that the majority of teens have goals in life and act responsibly.
Granted the teenagers I worked with got into their share of trouble, but not many of them used drugs. And despite recent reports that say alcohol and marijuana use among teens is on the rise, other reports show that most teenagers either no longer use drugs or never have.
It may also seem like there are more acts of violence among our youth today, and perhaps there are, but it certainly doesn’t mean it’s the norm. I believe teenagers care more about the important things in life than we think they do, we just need to listen to them and let them know we care about them.
And without a doubt, we need to tell them we believe in them.
Perhaps having been a troubled teenager myself it strikes a nerve when I hear negative things about our youth, but there’s more to it than just that. I loved all the teenagers I worked with and I’m still in touch with some of them today. From what they tell me, I made a difference in their lives.
I know they certainly made a difference in mine.