Empowering our children

by John Dunia

It doesn’t take much effort at all to find posts on social media which criticize the younger generations. We baby boomers as well as some of the older Gen-Xers are quick to point out how lazy, entitled, or disinterested the Millennials appear as though this harsh communication is going to point out the error of their ways. But what we don’t realize is this kind of “correction” typically has the opposite effect. Think about it for one minute. If your actions disturbed someone and they came to you in this type of critical fashion, would it encourage you to change that behavior.

Whether we like it or not, the younger generations are our future. They are our legacy and if we don’t learn to empower and encourage them, our time on this planet will have been for naught. Besides, who raised these generations?

I am not pointing any fingers because it is not about who is right or wrong. It is time for us – everyone – young and old to work together to create a better and brighter future for all. It is time for the older generations to impart our wisdom and patience to the young people. We can empower them with our experiences so they can learn from our mistakes. Also, we can be inspired by the energy and enthusiasm which young people never seem to run out of. The best part of empowerment is that it’s nearly impossible for it not to be reciprocated. This is how we create a world that will be better because of our own existence.

Thank you very much for reading and I always look forward to your comments.

Since 2007, John Dunia has written for many local Las Vegas publications. In 2013, he began blogging and sharing his thoughts on overcoming adversities with his unique approach in assisting the reader towards better self-awareness. In 2015 he completed his first self-help-style book, “Shame On Me – Healing a Life of Shame-Based Thinking” which was a semi-autobiographical account of how he overcame and heal difficulties from his past. It inspired him to branch out in other directions. He now consults with people one-on-one to help them find their own breakthroughs. He also is a guest speaker on the topic of shame and effective ways to heal. To find out more, visit www.gcegroup.net.

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3 Responses to Empowering our children

  1. Children are our future and they are the gift of God. Parents are the sole guardian of their development.As they grow up in the society, they need to be educated, skilled, mentally and physically empowered and perform the journey of living in this world. They need our support as well as guidance.
    The reality is children go astray quicker and their innocence and simplicity takes them towards vulnerable irretrievable destination. They have to be ‘hand hold’till maturity. Regards.

    • I agree but the “hand holding” is different for each child. Is it not the goal of a parent to be able to take their hands off in a sense? We need to show/teach them but also let them know that we have faith in them. This builds their confidence and self-esteem so they will become responsible adults (knowing full well they will make mistakes from time to time).

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