I am often struck by the mindsets of some parents. They come from the pre-internet, pre-social media onset and so they see the world from a particular lens. They see the world the way their parents saw the world. But, the world they are seeing no longer exists. Young people today are seeing the world differently, and as they try to explain themselves and their dreams, many parents just do not get it. They do not understand. In their world the sky is a different colour.
I have begun trying to make analogies to help parents understand. I try to explain, "Think about what it was like for blacksmiths just before the invention of the automobile. Back then, everyone was riding a horse. Everyone needed blacksmiths to change horseshoes. But now, there is no societal need for so many blacksmiths. Therefore, we are we encouraging our children to be blacksmiths??"
We need to encourage our children to see beyond the limits of today. They need to try and imagine what life will be like in the next decades. These decades will be very different from what the last few decades were like.
We need to equip our children to navigate through these changes. We need to help them become skilled problem-solvers. We also need for them to have an integrity-enriched moral compass.
The world is changing. We need to help our kids.