don't come with a manual, and neither do parentsor other
adults. Sharing and listening are underused arts/skills
which receive a lot of lip service but lttle support. Are
there valuable lessons about substance abuse and addiction
that you might learn from your children? Most kids have
a simple, uncomplicated wisdom that we all can learn from:
war, pollution, and being mean are bad. It's that simple.
Parents and other adults tend to be so caught up in the
spectacle of modern society that they can't hear the simple
wisdom of kids. Telling your kids "drugs are bad"
and then dosing them with Ritalin and anti-depressants is
not the way to instill confidence in the judgement of adults.
Kids brought up on a diet of convenient lies don't grow
up; they become overgrown children, addicted to the toxic
lifestyles that are destroying the biosphere that supports
Sharing and Listening don't
always come naturally to people; kids or adults. They're
skills that can be taught and learned, and also arts that
need to be nurtured. Like plants without good soil, water,
and sun; sharing and listening can't flourish without mutual
respect and compassion. If you're having any difficulty
communicating with the people you care about you might want
a good book about communication skills, or talk with
a councilor or therapist who can help you to learn some
basic listening and sharing skills.
Kids Eye View of the dangers of substance