Young people desperately seek to develop an inner core that will not only rescue them in times of distress, but also help them to define and shape moral convictions, passions, and interests in building a better world. To find this inner coherence, they turn to their parents and teachers -- the adults who are supposed to know them better than they know themselves. But these same adults are often driven and desperate to stay young, and are unclear how to achieve the wisdom and maturity of an elder to put the needs of their children and students above their own.
Young people do not want us to become part of "their" world, according to author Dan Heischman, but they invite us -- and need us -- to be different... to be adults, for them.
This book will help adults understand what young people are searching for, describe how to have a lasting impact on your children's or student's development, teach credible models of adulthood, and guide adults towards achieving the passion and wisdom for spiritual mentorship.
Drawing on thirty years of experience with parents, teachers, and students, the author uses stories and sound principles not so much to help bridge the generation gap, but to use the natural difference in maturity as a basis and guideline for more effective communication and connection.
Daniel R. Heischman
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful work that comes from experience. It is a thoughtful examination of the proper role of an adult from the perspective of what it means to influence another, a child, in a positive manner. In many ways, the ideas are simple; however, the author shares many experiences that illustrate how we have pressed children to "be older" while adults cling to their youth. This is an excellent work that shows what the difference is between childlike and childish and implores, quite practically, the adults in our society to embrase their experience and wisdom and provide that influence that children need to grow and learn to be productive members of society. Although it is not a lengthy work, it has density of wisdom between the front and back cover, and will give an adult reader much to think about - and discuss with other adults.
This is an excellent book to use for a discussion oriented book club and has direct relevence to education.
Dan's years of experience come through in this book. He provides a framework for helping children grow into productive, healthy well-rounded people. His message to adults about being real adults is powerful and will be somewhat unsettling to some. However. for our children and students to grow, adults must be strong, set boundaries and hold young people accountable for their own development.
Bought this new for a Spring 2015 class. Arrived within a week of ordering. Can't wait to start reading it!
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