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April 6, 2018

What does an adult look like?

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you. Worry that they are always watching you.”
(Robert Fulghum)

 

Recently I was on a TV talk show, and the conversation led everyone to start singing “I believe the children are our future…” in their best Whitney Houston voices. I did not join in, which made me look kinda lame, but all I could think of was Randy Watson’s rendition; I almost yelled out “Sexual Chocolate!” and walked off the set.

 

Perhaps the real reason I didn’t join in is because I cannot stand that song. Aesthetics aside, I do not want to believe that children are our future. I believe adults are our future.

 

If we’re going to solve today’s problems and build a better tomorrow, we’ll need more and more adults in the world.
This means we need to stop “raising kids” and start raising amazing adults. This means we need stop managing our kids’ behavior and start teaching them to manage their own.

 

Ultimately, this means we need to take our own adulthood seriously enough that we’re not afraid of our kids growing up as apprenticing adults, studying underneath us as the models they need.  And next week, we’re going to give you a way to help them do just that. Stay tuned.

 

Peace begins with pause,

 

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