In the Telegraph newspaper (5.12.2012 P.14) Neil Keene reported on Mission Australia’s youth survey of more than 15,000 teens that found our teenagers are “overwhelmingly optimistic” about Australia’s future.
As a father of two young adult men (currently at nineteen, our youngest leaves the world of ‘teens’ in May next year), this certainly doesn’t come as a surprise to me.
In much of the media we often see the youth of today being pigeon holed as disconnected, technologically glued, and over-indulgent. But seriously, teenagers throughout history have typically been a bit rebellious, haven’t they?
It’s getting a bit harder for the teenagers to be rebellious though. Probably for the first time in history, certainly over the past 30 or so years, parents and their teenagers are enjoying (mostly) the same music. Instead of shouts from mums and dads to “turn the music down”, it’s more often than not “turn the music up – I love that song!”
So it would seem in our house, and in the homes of quite a few of our friends, that the choice of music at times needs (just to be rebellious) to have more than its fair share of swear words… at which time I do admit, the discussion is “turn it down” or “put your ear phones on – we and the neighbours don’t need to hear that”.
But rebellious teenagers or not, the findings of the survey should fill the parents of these teenagers with an equal amount of optimism about why they (the teenagers) are optimistic about their future.
Surely the reason is because they (the teenagers) already get that they’re about to take the reigns of controlling their own lives… they’ll do it their way, and that’s the way it always has been.
As we approach Christmas and what I’m sure will be an exciting 2013, the most important finding of the survey is that “parents and strong family relationships were what the average teen valued most.”
Building intentional trust relationships is one of the 9 inescapable truths in the Intentionomics Blueprint for a prosperous life, and surely the intention we place on our family relationships is one of the most important intentions we need to be consciously aware of and taking intentional action on.
As a parent, I can’t think of a much more joyous sense of well-being than when I’m on the receiving (or giving) end of a hug with our two sons.
And in this my final blog for 2012, I wish you many hugs from those who you love and send you my warmest regards for the festive season and may 2013 bring you all you intend for an even more happy, flourishing and prosperous life.