The trying and sometimes tragic events around us today call on our adult responsibility towards our youth in these particular times of violence towards oneself and others:
If we ultimately want our own children and selves to flourish in a safe, loving environment where everyone can express his or her unique talents and function ideally in a group dynamic be it at home, school, work or recreationally in our urban settings, we need to own that we all are ultimately responsible for each individual regardless of relation or association.
If we own that all the children of the communities around us deserve to grow up feeling safe and healthily bonded to an adult so that they can grow, embrace the journey to adulthood and be educated in an “anxiety-managed” environment so ultimately we all can live together where every individual is respected, then we need to supplement with strong, emotionally healthy adults who are loving but firm in order to help them transition through early adolescence all the way into adulthood.
We support families by giving them more tools in compassionately but firmly setting boundaries.
Since stress is inherent in our maturation, it is most indicative of a healthy response as to what attitude accompanies us when confronting it. It is not ideal to remove stress but offer tools both psychological and physical in order to manage it and allow greater and greater challenges in order to fulfill one’s potential.
Add in the spiritual component for a fully holistic process that ideally strengthens faith (otherwise deemed optimism and emotional resiliency) and a desire to contribute back to the community for everyone’s greater good and happiness and we have a complete model.