The events of the past few months have revealed a lot, taught us a lot and scared us a lot. As adults we deal with a lot that our kids don’t, and rightly so. We should give them time to be kids, but at the same time I don’t think it’s right or helpful to totally shelter them from the realities of the world that they will one day be a voting, spending, living, contributing part of. We don’t have to put the full weight of the world that is on our shoulders, minds and hearts, onto our kids, but I do think it’s important to teach them about responsibility.
We have to teach them the responsibility of caring for this world, managing our resources, preparing for our future, caring for the less fortunate, being a leader, caring for our bodies and minds, earning an income to support us, listening, communicating, being respectful (until/unless someone proves unworthy), protecting our rights and the rights of others, fighting for justice (real justice, not avoidance of justice bought by people with more money than sense, or false justice by people who are racist or don’t actually care to find the truth), and choosing love and peace.
But the thing is, as the adult you don’t have to know everything or have the answers to everything or even try to fix everything. Your main responsibility as an adult who raises or works with kids is to educate them so they have a masters degree in love and understanding that they have a responsibility to themselves, our world and the other people in our world. Other than that, it’s your responsibility to expose them to everything else, to give them the opportunity to listen and be curious and learn to care and know that there’s a whole big world out there with lots of people, and to then let them choose how they’re going to support and help and live and grow the world.
Everyone has a responsibility, are you working on yours?