Overheard an adult the other day describing our behavior and discipline plan here at Methodist Children’s Home. Our program is called “Steps to Success” and is designed to encourage and built responsibility for one’s choices and actions.
“Even our best kids aren’t always where they are supposed to be,” he said, “but then, they are kids.”
OOOOH, I thought, is that how we know the difference between youth and adults: adults are always where they are supposed to be and youth may or may not be.
Here’s to still hoping that someday I too will be an adult.
Seriously, though: why do we use such loose language in disparaging ways toward young people? I don’t know this man’s intentions or goodwill toward young people, but his choice of words leads me way back to when I was a youngster:
I remember for a lot of years thinking that when one “grew up” one had one’s act together and was responsible more or less all the time.
Perhaps this was mostly from the impression I had of my own parents, who I never recall avoiding responsibility or passing the buck.
Please, fellow adults, join me today in giving our young people the respect they deserve of not being painted all with a different brush than that we use for adults.