As you know I read a lot about teenagers, from how to teach them to become leaders to things about their social-emotional well-being and psychology. I also read a lot about parenting as I work with parents of teens on a daily basis and I am also still a parent of a teenager. Everyone has an opinion on parenting, and there is one indisputable truth: previous generations have a lot of advice for each succeeding generation in terms of what they need to do better! It is kind of like how we like to say this generation of teens are worse than the one before, and they were worse than the one before that!
I have said in a variety of settings that I do not believe that kids today are a whole lot different than the kids I had when I started teaching in 1985, or for that matter, when I started high school in 1977! What has changed is how parents parent. I ran across a blog written by Victoria Prooday, an occupational therapist, called Your OT. She addresses the environmental factors that young people face in many families and the impact that they are having on kids. There is also some good advice and things that parents can do to raise stronger, more independent, and capable kids. Take a few minutes to read this one!
The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today’s Children