Kids are hungry and not just for food.
I recently met with a group of young people, ages 10 to 17.
Here is their list of things some of them are starving for:
- more support and less criticisms for creative expressions
- adults who know how to listen and help them feel safe
- less conflict, drama, and stress from the adults in their lives
- spiritual nourishment
- better examples from their adult leaders for being honest and trustworthy
- HOPE for their future
- greater focus for better solutions instead of emphasis on all their problems
- parents and teachers with more maturity than their kids and students
- to feel heard
- to feel successful
to be continued
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Truth….Kids want to succeed.
Lie…Every adult with good intentions has skills to match.
Truth…Kids deserve to be treated with respect and to feel safe.
Lie…Every kid knows that every adult who is good to them is not necessarily good for them.
Truth…Kids are always effective when it comes to helping other kids.
Lie…Kids can tell their parents and teachers anything without negative consequences.
Truth….In today’s world there is a strong possibility that most kids need a safety plan to implement in situations and circumstances that are unsafe.
Lie…Every parent and teacher knows what that looks like.
by…Michele Gaddis, author Keep Kids Safe Books.