A lot of teenagers complain about not being taken seriously by adults. But can you blame the adults? At 15-17, short years away from being legally called “grown up”, today’s teenagers are so far from being mature it blows my mind.
Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are the little, unimportant things, like not being able to control hyperness or watching the Disney Channel.
But there are bigger things. Lying for fun, which should’ve been outgrown in elementary school. No motivation for life or schoolwork. Not working and expecting parents to take care of them for the rest of their lives.
I’m pointing the finger at myself as much as anyone else… those last two things are MY problems. But we have to start practicing the whole “not being a kid anymore” thing a little more often.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe these teens are just enjoying their last few years of childhood and will magically become mature as soon as they hit eighteen. But how likely is that?
What is being raised in America? A new generation of world leaders and businesspeople, of CEOs and lawyers and doctors?
A new generation of McDonald’s employees, of bad pop singers and waitresses.
Who will take over after the last of the old generation dies? China, perhaps? Russia? The kind of countries where kids are taught how to fight and reason and even just play chess (how many teens do you know who have ever picked up a chess piece?).
I’m not trying to be one of those people who condemns the next generation – but it has some serious problems. My generation needs to be prepared to take over the world when their parents and grandparents can’t run it anymore.
How can you be more prepared?