Growing up in modern times is hard, especially for today’s generation. They are so much more socially and morally aware than our generation, and most certainly the generation before us. Kids are under so much more social pressure than parents today ever experienced during their lifetimes, and their enquiring minds ask difficult questions and face extraordinary challenges, and very often, with no access to any answers.
Modern social challenges
Technology and social media has changed the way young people interact and it has opened doors to worlds we, as parents and teachers, are all only still learning about. But just because fast paced environments are taking kids through a whirlwind of mature scenarios, doesn’t necessarily mean they have had evolved to a level of emotional maturity that will assist them in dealing with tricky emotional and moral decisions.
Life skill and character building resources
Parents, kids and teachers need to have access to resources, such as kid’s books, that will provide an avenue for kids of all ages, to be able to have some support and guidance through characters in books that role-play situations that kids themselves could find themselves in. Issues like bullies and peer pressure are as old as the hills, but with the added environmental changes, the load for kids and teens is huge. Kids are building their own characters, their own values and gaining a sense of personal accountability, and parents and teachers need to take an active role guiding them.
The benefits of Character Education
Character education resources such as those found in kids books, will help kids and teens relate to real-life scenarios and have the ability to safely navigate potential situations with the guidance and assistance from parents and the characters found in the kids’ books. These books have been written by experienced professionals who have worked with kids and teens and have a unique understanding of the challenges our youth experience today.
Motivation exercises for kids and teens
Character education has the exclusive way of tapping into the minds of pre-teens and teens and is able to inspire and create confidence as they work through the resource material at home or in the classroom. This may even further encourage readers to take part in kids writing contest or two, where they will be able to put their real life experiences to paper, and have an opportunity to share their life and the choices they made with other kids their age, and gain some recognition, which in turn, builds confidence.
Common hurdles for kids and teens
Who am I? What do I believe in? Where am I going in my life? Questions like these and others can seem insurmountable for kids, as being in the biggest transition phases of their lives, kids and teens are going to need large doses of compassion, love, patience and guidance to get them safely through to the other side, and help them to practice the values and guidelines caregivers use, and learn how to use them effectively on the way.
Getting kids to open up
Kids and teens may find it difficult to sit down and discuss situations, especially with their own parents, who know nothing, of course, so that is why using resources such as kids books are a superb way to encourage important conversations and get young people to think, feel and start building their characters, before they find themselves in a scenario where they will need to use these skills. Giving kids the courage to overcome obstacles and believe in themselves, are powerful life skills for everyone.