Transforming Today's World Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 - Page 44

THE GREAT DEPRESSION The Lost Art of Family By Freya Pruitt What do you picture when you think of family? Do you see a mom and dad gathered around the Christmas tree smiling at their happy children? Do you see the entire family sitting at Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving Day turkey? Do you see your children growing up to be happy well balanced adults? Do you have any fear associated with raising your children in today’s complicated world? If you are alive and breathing fear has to have entered your sphere of consciousness. Things have most definitely changed in today’s modern world. The “art” of family appears to have subtly morphed into a rather numb and unengaged emotional wasteland. Our children are expected to speak a foreign language by middle school. They are expected to achieve a 110% GPA, ace their SAT’s, go on to college and graduate with honors. As we watch our children graduate, we expect them to jump into the professional Corporate arenas and immediately get the dream job-without any true life experience. How do we expect them to survive? The days of a college education guaranteeing a great paying job is over! Upon graduation, our naïve children are thrust into the mouth of a lion waiting to devour them! No wonder the main focus of the vast majority of College graduates is to find a job and apartment “close to the bars.” If you watch “House Hunters” or “My First Place” on HGTV you might be shocked that the primary qualifications for Urban housing is an apartment close to the bar scene! America - get real! This is your official wake up call. Most of the children on the news are from 44 VOLUME 4 – I SSUE 1 | www.todaystxwo m good homes - they are our children - not inner city gangs. Have you ever stepped back to consider the level of alcohol poisoning that occurs at each spring break? What is so funny about kids guzzling a 12 pack of beer through a hose? These romps are televised on the news every year. Most parents just go into a state of numb denial; “Oh, ALL the kids do it.” Yes, you may be right – but WHY is this happening and what makes this type of behavior acceptable? Why are our super achieving children risking their lives on spring Break? If you think this only happens on spring Break; think again. Here are some REAL statistics - yes, facts about our children and grand-children. FACT: ILLICIT TEEN DRUG USE 8th Grade – 30.3% 10th Grade – 44.9% 12th Grade – 52.8% More than 60% of teens said drugs were sold, used, or kept at their school. 20% of 8th Graders, have said they have tried Marijuana. 28% know a classmate or friend who has used Ecstasy. Approximately 15% of 10-12th Graders have used Amphetamines. An estimated 1.8 million (o.8%) of youth age or older,are current users of Cocaine. Teen arrests often test positive for recent drug use. The National Institute of Justices Arrestee and drug monitoring System (ADAM) drug testing program, found that 66% of underage male arrestees tested positive for Marijuana. MARIJUANA – Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug used by teens today. Approximately 60% of the kids who use drugs, use