Kids These Days

Kids These Days

I know you’ve heard it. Don’t tell me you haven’t. Maybe you’ve even said it. “Kids these days.” It’s been said across every generation and it’s a phrase not immune to one corner of the globe. Likely, I’ve lost you now as your trying to find the corner of the globe.

Just as foggy as trying to find the corner of the globe, I would offer that “Kids these days” is a foggy phrase. What does one mean by it? Is it that kids are disrespectful or disobedient. Does it mean that kids are spoiled and/or ungrateful? Does it mean that kids are not tough, maybe too rough, they get into too much stuff…enough.

In my position, I get to see kids every single day. I also have four of my own at home. And believe it or not, I was a kid once (maybe still am). “Kids these days” carries a promise of hope for me. Kids these days are remarkable. I see it day in and day out.

Kids these days are more inclusive than ever before. They are more accepting of others. Quite honestly kids these days provide a great deal of hope for each other. Please allow me to give you a prime example.

My son is a sixth grader and looks up too many of our high school athletes. He aspires to be like them some day. He’s a sports fanatic actually. But he suffers from anxiety, and it affects his daily life. A couple evenings ago one of our varsity football players offered my son one of his extra jerseys to wear for the high school football game. You know the drill on this. Typically, “kids these days” give these jerseys to their girlfriends to wear for the game. It seems to have transitioned now to their mothers (which is pretty cool), but to let a child that looks up to you and admires you wear their jersey…there are just are no words.

A little tiny gesture by a highschooler to a sixth grader made my son feel like a million bucks. He felt included, and was so excited that for a few hours’ anxiety couldn’t touch him. And then after the game I’m perusing through my social media and I start to see a number of pictures of our athletes taking pictures with our younger students and I started to have one of those superintendent moments. Only superintendents know these moments. You become extremely proud of your school. It’s a utopia feeling. It’s a reassuring feeling that God put you exactly where He wanted you.

And then you start to think about all the great things our students are doing to be inclusive of others. We have a leadership team in our high school and they frequently attend our middle school and elementary school to provide mentoring. It’s so awesome to see. And guess what? Kids tend to listen to older kids better than they listen to adults.

So we can dwell in the negative. We can talk about how kids are vaping and engaging in activity that is negative or we can focus on the amazing things our kids are doing, and we can build on those. And as I continued to foster this utopia feeling the other night I turned on the news. As I sat there watching and thinking about a lot of things…I couldn’t help but think to myself… “adults these days.”