The other day I was finishing my morning workout while listening one of @AlanStein’s Hardwood Hustle podcasts. During this podcast he and his co-host @AdamBradley were discussing what we should do to properly train our minds based on what we can control. Their discussion got me thinking about how we as parents, teachers, and coaches need to raise our children. Through the influence of Alan & Adam’s Hardwood Hustle podcast, we’ll discuss three key essential elements to help with our children’s mental development.
The three things we can do to help our children’s mental growth is watch what they read, listen to, and watch. My son is only two and it’s fairly easy to monitor what he reads, listens to, and watches because it’s all dependent on me. I can imagine how this becomes more difficult as the child gets older.
I don’t know if it’s just me getting older (man I sound like my parents and grandparents here) but I genuinely wonder about our youth’s future based upon what they read, watch, and listen to. Let’s talk about reading first. Is reading a priority in American homes? How many of our kids still read books? According to Statistic Brain, 33% of high school graduates will never read a book again after graduation. Even more concerning is that 80% of American families did not buy a book in the last year. First, our children need to read more, and no, social media does not count. I’m not knocking social media but a real book would do a large portion of society very well. Bottom line our kids need to read more and they need to read material that is going to challenge their beliefs, attitudes, and thought process. That is the only real way intellectual growth occurs.
Secondly, we absolutely must monitor what our kids listen to. Remember when music actually had lyrics and the singers didn’t use auto tunes. It’s hard to listen to some of today’s popular music artists and what they sing about. It’s scary there are so many teens today who always have an ear bud in listening to their IPod’s. I’m not saying they need to listen to Zig Ziglar & Tony Robbins speeches all day but how much of what they listen to is positive? Is it uplifting? Does it challenge them to think? If you’re an athlete and you want to be a better player, heck even if you’re not and you want to be a better person, listen to the Hardwood Hustle and Coaching U podcasts. I promise you’ll take away something from each episode that will make you a better person. If what our children are listening to doesn’t make them better people, it’s time to reevaluate what and who they listen to.
Honey boo-boo. Yeah just let that sink in. I bet you more of our kids today can tell you who Honey boo-boo is over our Vice-President or their state’s governor. What ever happened to show’s like Full House, Family Matters, Growing Pains, and Boy Meets World? These shows all had some sort of value they would teach in an episode. Do shows like that exist anymore? One of the problems is that our kids watch too much reality tv. Instead of watching something that’s scripted and sold as reality, our kids need to watch things that will inspire and challenge them. I’m not saying they can’t or shouldn’t watch tv as entertainment but it can’t be something they watch more than 3 hours a day. I’m saying this because I want our kids to be better than me. Up until a couple of years ago I used to easily watch three hours of tv a day. I have dramatically changed that because I want to better myself. If we can get our kids to cut out all the crap they watch on tv and online we’ll be tremendously helping their growth.
A lot of the time we as adults like to complain about the younger generation’s behaviors, attitudes, and worldly outlook. Maybe we need to look in the mirror first because we might just be to blame. I challenge all of us to hold ourselves and our children accountable for what we read, watch, and listen to. If we want a better world for our grandchildren and ourselves, then we must.
I’d love your thoughts and feedback on this.
Thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!