A Father’s Message to His Teenage Kids

A friend of mine (we’ll call him CSquared) forwarded this message that he sent to his teenage children, in part in response to the post-election protests and “angst” at college campuses across the country.  A lot of Millennials seem to be having a tough time dealing with the outcome, not to mention a lot of their parents and grandparents! I thought his message was worth sharing here:

Do not get the news from your friends or your teachers.  Listen closely but find it for yourself from reliable sources you trust. Investigate don’t just accept. Be informed. Take individual responsibility for your actions and beliefs. Do not join a crowd that thinks one wrong justifies another. Think independently and follow your heart. Above all, be kind. Honor the beliefs of others and be respectful when you disagree. Defend everyone’s rights to express themselves as long as they are also respectful. Lastly, always think before you speak. Words really matter – they can be the difference between building someone up or breaking someone down. Emotions often drive us to blurt things out. Resist that urge. We are stronger when we are completely inclusive and respectful. In the words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Profound words.  We need more of that!!


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