Generation Z–as with any generation–is living in a new “narrative.” In today’s world, kids are growing up in a time that is both exhilarating and frightening for them. This is causing changes that can be difficult to understand. In fact, they are so different from older generations that parents and adult leaders can feel both frustrated with them and fearful

Every parent, teacher or coach has interacted with students who appeared completely preoccupied with their own little world. For centuries, adults have repeated instructions to children only to have those kids fail to follow through on what they were asked to do. Students today are truly a part of a “distracted generation.” For those of you who are disheartened by

Kids today aren’t addicted to games just because they are fun. There is a real underlying sense of satisfaction that comes from playing games like Fortnite. The only problem is that video games satisfy these desires in artificial ways. Andrew McPeak and Tim Elmore believe that if parents want to help kids understand why they need to turn it off,

Do you know the slang terms of this generation? Parents, teachers, coaches, and employers usually don’t need to worry about the new slang terms that students invent and use. It's something that comes with every generation of kids. However, there's one caveat.  Some terms can have harmful or double meaning that adults should be aware of. So, what do we

On Saturday, I spoke at a parent event hosted by Northridge Church in Plymouth, Michigan. I experienced amazing hosts and 550 receptive parents all day long. During the day, I was asked great questions by moms and dads that I plan to blog about this week. The question below came from a woman who is both a mother and a

A few weeks ago, a story made its way across America about a small, private school football team in Grapevine, Texas that did something very unusual. They were scheduled to play a juvenile detention center in football, Gainesville State School the next Friday. They knew that those young inmates would have no one cheering for them in the stands, no

Yep. You read it right. “Tiger Moms” is the term for a whole new brand of parenting in America. Or should I say, a brand that hasn’t been seen in a long time. Yesterday, I blogged about this style and posed the question: Is there something to this? In a day, where we worship self-esteem in our kids, where we give

Yesterday, I started a list of ideas adults can use to help teens and young adults grow up. Our society, which used to be part of the solution -- is now part of the problem in why these kids stall and fail to mature until their late twenties. These twenty-somethings have gone through our school systems and come out ill-equipped. Somehow,

I just heard from an admissions staff member at Harvard University. He told me he interviewed a prospective student recently and had an unusual experience. During the interview the student would answer his questions, then look down after each one. The staff member assumed the student was just a bit shy. But, alas, it was something else. He was looking

Some stuff you need to know as a leader -- you learn quickly. Others, you just learn over the years. As I travel and speak at schools, corporations, non-profit organizations, and churches, I see adults trying too hard to connect with young people. And there is a gap. Teachers and parents become frustrated at the lack of connection and good

Yesterday, I started a list of 6 ambitions I believe we must build into our kids. They are targets we should aim for as we teach, employ, lead, and parent the next generation of students. The first 3 are: Know yourself, develop your gift and value people. You may notice that these 6 ambitions are relevant for us adults to

Wow. We’ve launched not only a new year, but a new decade. It’s a time for new beginnings. If you are a parent, teacher, coach, youth worker, or employer, you want the best for the kids you lead as you begin a new year. Let me suggest this list of 6 ambitions I’ve tried to build into my kids over

I am concerned. One word describes millions of young people today better than any other: Overwhelmed. In 2007, the American College of Health Association surveyed the largest randomized sample of students since its inception. It revealed these results: a. 94% of students reported feeling overwhelmed by their lifestyles. b. 44% said they felt so depressed it was almost difficult to function. c. Almost 10%

I just returned from an invigorating day with faculty at a university near Dallas. During our time together, we discussed two themes that preoccupy school administrators as much as any: 1. Student Engagement 2. Student Success In our morning session, one instructor shared a note he’d recently received from a student. The young man had decided to drop out of school. Here’s what

Last month, I hiked up Kennesaw Mountain with my seventeen-year old son, Jonathan. Although it’s only 45 minutes away from our house, we had never climbed this mountain before. It was a blast. We did it as a sort of special father/son time before he takes off for Hollywood to pursue some acting possibilities during the episodic season of

Before I launch into my musings this week--I want to say thanks to everyone who responded to my latest blog post. I left it up for two weeks to allow as many as possible to weight in on my question. Several dozen of you did (many through email, which reveals the world you live in), and I appreciate your thoughts.