Tell me what youth want, what they really, really want

They want praise. Young people want praise more than alcohol or sex, according to this report in Monday’s USA Today.

You may be thinking that’s all we’ve given them in this culture, at least ever since the “self-esteem” movement began decades ago.  I’m concerned about empty praise, too.  We all get tired of empty praise. (Not so tired of it that we would rather have empty criticism, I’m sure)

If youth want praise more than sex, drugs, and rock and roll, perhaps we could behoove them and build meaningful relationships with them.  If we do, then we’ll know them well enough to offer appropriate, meaningful praise.

That’s what they really, really want.

2 thoughts on “Tell me what youth want, what they really, really want

  1. Your two most recent posts(1-11 & 1-12) have both been compelling, insightful and thought provoking. I don’t know about you but, to me, there is a commom thread betwixt them. I also read the details of the study in USA today. It is good to know that there are people like you who who’ve recognized the value of presence and relationship with youth–no study required. Thank you for your insight and for the mind stretch!

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