My children will do it differently -- If you could choose one thing that your children will do or experience in a different way than you have, what would it be and why?*
The world is considerably smaller for my 16 year old twins. The amount of information that they can access and is available to them is exponentially higher than when I was 16. This is both good and bad.
I am envious of the opportunities available to them - the technology - the knowledge - the ability to communicate with others in far off places in real time. But, I also have the maturity and wisdom to understand there are implications. We constantly talk about online activity. What you put out on the internet stays on the internet. Facebook is brutal. I sound like a broken record. So many teachable moments. And so, ultimately I do not envy them. I would not want to be a teenager now.
They communicate on their own wavelength. It is hard to break in. Cell phones and texting and facebook have created a middle layer where the parents are observers. You skulk around facebook looking for clues. You hope they are making good choices. You offer opportunities to talk and ask open ended questions. You do not let your facial expression betray you when they do share. You listen and shut up.
I am hopeful the good will outweigh the bad. I am hopeful that they recognize the opportunities to see and explore the world and connect to others. I hope that they can find the balance between sharing too much and just enough. I embrace the moments they still come to me to ask my opinion. I am humbled.
*not sure whose prompt this is... if you can help me track it down, I'd be grateful