TOP 10 THINGS ADULTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUTH

teen singer 16 au climi.jpgDo you ever read something and wish you’d written it? I don’t mean ‘cos the royalty cheque would be REALLY useful, I mean ‘cos it just kinda fits with what you were thinking about. Jacob and Brian (the brains behind Rethinking Youth Ministry) have come up with a great summary of what adults should know about young people, great stuff:
1) Teens are people, too. Resist calling them “kids” (unless you mean it as a term of endearment) or speaking about them as if they aren’t in the room.
2) Teens need time. Particularly during discussions, teens need a little time to think about what they want to say. Resist the temptation to jump in with “the right answer” and don’t feel you have to fill in every moment of silence with talking.
3) Teens like adults. Despite what you may remember from your younger days, teens do enjoy the companionship of adults. They just aren’t always sure that we like them so the can seem stand-offish at times. In fact, many are at a point in their lives when they are trying to put a little independent distance between themselves and their parents, so they are seeking other caring adults to serve as mentors and role models.
4) Teens have a lot to teach us. In many ways, “The Breakfast Club” got it right. Young people are unique individuals with unique talents, gifts, attitudes, and perspectives. It would be a mistake to lump them all together as one homogenous group.
5) Teens’ body clocks are different from ours. Most teens need 8-10 hours of sleep a night and get much less. Additionally, most teens are not at their peak until late morning and many are “night owls.”

Click through to RYM to read the full list.

2 Replies to “TOP 10 THINGS ADULTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUTH”

  1. This list is absolutely Spot On. I am particularly impressed by number 7 about owning their own experiences.

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