If you were given a day (maybe with pay) to teach Teenagers anything - What would you teach/share with them?
Control your anger, have patience and bad things happen life goes on
Having just turned twenty (and just recently experienced being a teenager), I would try to teach them patience; the patience to be happy with themselves in every moment, and the patience that affords them contentment with the possibility of still maybe not knowing what they want to do in life. I have tended to be impatiently wanting to grow up, but childhood and the teen years pass by faster than you think. You've got to have as much fun in those years as you can, and revel in the fact that you aren't an adult yet, and all the freedom that allows.
Great advice. So true. Everyone can't wait to finish the current thing so they can move on to the next thing. We live in a microwave society.
You can attempt to teach this to a teen... ...and then fall flat each and every time.
Thanks Chris, Nicomp, Haunty, Pryvateyez & Ultimate.
Interesting and important points made.
Pryvateyez, that was a wonderful experience and one I’m sure you’ll treasure.
I hope somehow you get to meet them again, later in life. (I mean your paths just crossing again)
Ultimate, I see you’ve changed your photo – Ding dong!
I would teach them true sexual education. I was given the opportunity to teach a group of 10th grade girls (16 years old) the truth about how STDs are spread. Many of them wept when I told them that they could get any STD from oral sex, from HIV to Herpes. It is a shame what our teens don't know about sex.
given the short time period, i would introduce them to a trade or present a life experience in hope they would gain something from it
Thanks Davina, Mtsi, Marine and Drew. I intend to run some Seminars/Talks sometime and hopefully they would have a choice (including topics on the thread) of which one(s) to attend.
Another good class would be, "How to Maintain Sanity". I'm not volunteering to teach that one.
I reckon you'll be the perfect Mentor for that.
Thanks. My mind disagrees with you. lol
I couldn't teach teens, lol but if I did I wouold teach them that they should be themselves, not care what others think, and that they should follow their dreams and not let someone else tell them they can or can't do something when they know in their hearts that they can and REALLY want to do whatever it is.
That's really important as they tend to follow the crowd or what's popular. It reminds me of this quote from Drew Breezy's profile:
"Suppose, then, that all men were sick or deranged, save one or two of them who were healthy and of right mind. It would then be the latter two who would be thought to be sick and deranged and the former not!" Aristotle - so funny.
Thanks for sharing.
For girls (as I have one 18) I'd teach them about MEAN girls. Now that I know how it can ruin a childs/tween/teens life.
I'd teach them how to balance a checkbook and the importance of fiscal responsibility.
Especially this time of year when kids are going off to college for the first time and there are dozens of people pawning off credit card applications for a free t-shirt or gift card. These new students who are unlikely to have a job are about to walk down a path that leads to credit troubles that will follow them for many years.
I'd teach them that, no matter how grown-up, academically knowledgeable, and/or street-wise they are; and no matter how grown-up, academically-knowledgeable, and/or street-wise adults recognize them to be; they are viewing life and the world through a limited "lense" that comes with not having lived very long AND from the fact that the human brain isn't even finished developing completely until early- to mid- twenties. This isn't saying they can't have sense or "legitimate" thoughts, but the narrow lense through which they view life (ironically enough) can be the very thing that leads to their not understanding why older people think as they do, and to believing that it is the older people who are the ones who are thinking "narrowly".
I'd expand on that by pointing out that the "lense" gets bigger with each decade. An example: When I was in my thirties and had small children I knew someone who had a teenager. I had my "brilliant" opinions about how this parent should be dealing with some of the stuff the teen did. When I got old enough to have teens myself I suddenly understand why that other parent had done things as s/he had. The point is we gain understanding and insight with each decade, and the 16-year-old "academic wiz" or the 15-year-old, "street-wise punk" have in common that they're viewing life through that youthful, narrow, lense.
(Can I also teach the teens who work at fast-food places that people who are, say, 45 do not qualify for the "senior discount" for - like - another 20 years? )
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