What does the future hold for today’s teens? What kind of legacy are we leaving them? Is there a better way to prepare them for what lies ahead?
In a very controversial book by Bruce Gibney, the author explores the cultural landscape being passed on to Gen Z, and the challenges that lie before them as they come into adulthood.
A tough read, this book is eye-opening about the fact that the opportunities which may have been available to their parents, are fast receding for their offspring. Which brings to mind the question: What type of parenting would better serve today’s teens and young-adults?
Are we doing everything we can to teach them flexibility, adaptability, frustration tolerance and problem-solving skills? It’s clear that technology has paved the way for more distracted family interactions. Are in depth role-modeling conversations even taking place anymore at dinner tables? Or are text messages confirming busy schedules sufficing?
Like ships crossing in the night, have we over-scheduled ourselves and our children to the point that we’ve lost track of the bigger picture? The reality is that the prosperity and abundance that their parents had access to is not a given anymore. The job market is evolving. With technology and outsourcing, job security and pensions are now a thing of the past.
In today’s economy, it’s getting tricky for young people to own a separate residence, in light of rising property taxes, home insurance, utilities, and mortgages. (Thus, young-adults still living at home) Car-sharing, office-sharing, home-sharing, and even job-sharing are are becoming realistic options for this generation.
Expectations need to change. When a college degree no longer guarantees a job, children may not be able to meet or exceed the lifestyle their parents provided for them. A technical college education may even be better suited for some kids. Young people may need to rely on their parents’ support longer than in generations past.
The world has changed … and so must we.
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