Saturday, April 28, 2012

Youth


Ah, the joy of being young....



Two of the main topics in this blog are community and family.  I have posted from time to time about my kids, and have also written about ways we can, and should, support the kids of our communities.  I have told you stories from my own youth as well as those about children in my city, our country, and around the world.

The importance of focusing on our youth is that they are the future of our communities.  It is vitally important that we adults work hard to ensure they receive quality educations, have appropriate recreational opportunities, and are able to pursue their childhood interests in safety.  I have told you about the value in helping them discover their interests and then guiding them to develop these interests and their strengths.  I have also written about adoption and the importance of helping and supporting families of all different backgrounds.

The bottom line is this: the youth of society are its future adults.  If we wish to ensure the success of our communities and our country, we must be diligent in our efforts to provide our children with the tools they need for success as they grow and mature into adulthood.  As the sidebar of this blog states, “What’s done to children, they will do to society.” Karl Menninger 

Have you ever had a moment when you were able to make an impact in a child’s life?  What memories do you have from your own childhood that were “defining moments” for you?

12 comments:

  1. my husband and i work with the youth at our church--i appreciate your post so very much---we do need to look out for our youth and take the time to listen to them!

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    1. Lynn, I love that you guys do that! It's so important that our kids have good mentors and role models as they grow up - sometimes our kids need someone besides their nerdy parents to give them advice :-)

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  2. I can't have children but I try to be the best role model possible for my nephews. I worry about their future because children are so different now and have so many more distractions than I ever did

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    1. Heather, I think your nephews are very lucky young men (-:

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  3. I found you through the a - z and really like the positive energy on your blog. I'm now following you and will be back.

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    1. Laurie, thank you for coming by and for following. I'm so glad you like what you read over here!

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  4. I have to watch everything I do with my children as their Father dropped of the face of the Earth about 3 years ago. I now have to be both parents. My children have thanked me for being a good Mom, so I guess I've had an impact. :)

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    1. Madge, I have a friend whose husband has taken the same route as yours. Really, it's so unfair to the kids, isn't it? But, like you, my friend has become a much stronger parent and her kids are old enough to realize how hard she has had to work and the sacrifices she makes in her personal life in order to help them achieve their goals. You guys are both amazing women. (-:

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  5. Such a nice positive message. Thanks for visiting me Up on Haliburton Hill.

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    1. Thank you, Joanna, and thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. Following you back on twitter and on gfc from exposure 99% blog hop. Thanks for linking up. sorry am following late. have been ill.

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    1. Thanks, Nina. Hope you're feeling better!

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