There have been several topics in the news lately about young teenagers and their attempts to make changes in the world. From gun control to freedom of speech these youngsters are determined to make their voices heard. It’s an act worth applause and recognizing our children are the next generation of voices is a wonderful concept to embrace.
The challenge we, as a society, will continue to carry is the burden of preparing these young minds to be members of society who are able to fully embrace the role of being the change they wish to see while still being able to care for themselves. How do we teach them the fine art of standing up for their rights while still protecting the rights of others?
Equipping our children with the ability to think for themselves is invaluable. Teaching them responsibility to self and others is equally priceless. It’s not major sweeping changes that need to take place, it’s small steps today that can teach them valuable lessons tomorrow.
Gradual – and small – changes are all that is necessary to see big payoff in the long run. Any adjustment needs to be comfortable for both parent and child. There are many websites these days that provide suggestions and guidance we may not have thought of (check out our Pinterest page for ideas!). If you are still uncertain of the next small step to make, talk to a family therapist! An outside perspective can always provide an out of the box experience.
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