British Columbia, Canada
Have a listen to Bob Seeger - as he sums it up well I have always thought. Little Boxes
Maureen, I could not open your link but I am sure it is the same as every other gruesome story I have heard on some poor teenager just at the end of their emotional rope. I may get a little carried away here, but this is surely a sore spot with me.
Maureen, I look around somewhat shocked these days, and never figured I would turn into my mother, questioning this generation of our youth, but I did sadly enough. I would bet my son will also do this soon, as will his kids, and their kids. The common denominator I noticed over the years is the missing discipline.
I personally don't have or want a cell phone. I text no one, and will hand-write letters. Geez, all that talking and texting around me drives me nuts! Where are the real communication skills going between human beings with all these communication devices, including computers? There seems to be too much of everything given to youth today, with no rules or boundaries attached to it. So, peer pressure, ideals, a need to fit in are still the motivators, imagine that? It seems that no one lives outside the box anymore, and says, "no!" to kids, or maybe they are afraid to, who knows?
It scares me, as does the look on the majority of kids faces these days, as I don't see "happy" living there. I am not saying all our youth are the same, that would be ridiculous, but the media, magazines, and the kids with "means" sure are in control of driving emotions these days from what my own experience shows me. You would know that better than I being a teacher, but I dealt with the emotional damage to teens when I worked in that capacity, and it was ugly let me tell you. Time is still the missing piece of the puzzle, and it looks like it will get even worse with more needs and wants by the human race.
I never met one young person in all that time that didn't respect their parents more for caring enough to take the time and follow through with discipline, and spend time with them. It worked then and it would work now. How on earth can anyone respect themselves, if they don't get a chance to build integrity and self-esteem by earning things for themselves? You ask a good question, and like Marge, I know it's broken but I don't know how to fix it either, just like my Mother also said to me a long, long time ago.
~* I'd rather be happy any day than be right *~