I worry about our future a lot, particularly how things have changed so much for our youth. When I was growing up we had alcohol and pot. Now kids go to parties where they share prescription pills having no clue that just one can end their life. In Oregon our high school graduation rate is a dismal 68%! One recent study found that 15% of American Youth are not in school and unemployed – that’s about 6 million kids in America. I just finished reading Bruce Perry’s eBook Reflections on Childhood, Trauma and Society and believe time is ticking for us to get our act together as a society.
We must put family first and do all we can to support our youth during their critical developmental years. One of the best written road maps for what we should do comes from the late great Stanley Greenspan and his colleague T. Berry Brazelton, perhaps the most famous pediatrician of our times: The Irreducible Needs Of Children: What Every Child Must Have To Grow, Learn, And Flourish.