A primary goal parents and caregivers have is to care for their youth. Adults want to help the younger generation grow up to become healthy, productive, and resilient adults.
The majority of adults I meet say they strive to attain this most important goal.
But, here is my question….we may say that equipping the young for life is our goal, but how do we go about achieving this goal? Read any book on goal-setting and it is loud and clear that achieving a goal requires conscious decision and effort. It is not enough to just hope we achieve the goal. We are to keep the most important goals constantly in front of us, and make it our highest priority day in and day out. If we don’t stay focused and work on the goal, we may achieve something less or not achieve the goal at all.
So when it comes to raising the younger generation, do we really have a plan for achieving this goal, or is it like one of those resolutions we state and may – or may not – achieve? If goal success requires conscious decision and effort, what might that look like when it comes to raising the younger people in our lives?
One idea is consciously decide to find something positive to T.E.L.L. a younger person every day.
Imagine if more adults would consciously aim to teach, encourage, listen to, and love a younger person each and every day? What if every day, more adults were able to say ‘yes, I did’ or ‘no, I didn’t, but I will aim toT.E.L.L them tomorrow’.
How about you? Will you place a reminder on your phone, on your refrigerator, on your laptop, on your bathroom mirror… “Today, I will T.E.L.L. a younger person to be better!” And, then pay attention to whether you met this goal today, or not?
What if we made this important goal a priority day in and day out? Instead of merely hoping we raise our youth well, what if more of us would make a constant effort to T.E.L.L.them. Maybe then we can start to achieve one of our primary goals – bringing up the future generation.
About the author of this post: Denise Forrest, Ph.D.
Denise is a mother of three grown children and has been a teacher to thousands of students. She is the creator of the TELL message and Founder of TELL Our Children, Inc. Denise also serves K-12 schools as a consultant focusing on mathematics education and instructional decisions for student learning (TELL for student learning). You can contact her by emailing email@example.com.