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Recently I was introduced to a video that every parent of a high school or college recent graduate has to watch.  Click here to watch Simon Sinek nails it. If you think your child lacks patience or is maybe confused with their future, then you need to have the 15-minute attention span to watch this. Even better you need to pass it on to.... well maybe a friend or relative.

Like past generations, many adults when looking at the next generation roll their eyes and mumble "these kids nowadays". I heard my parents say it. How about "nobody ever taught us how to be parents". That is simply not true. Our parents gave us a shining example how to be parents. Most actually did some belly flops, but in general they did a pretty good job. Their technology challenge was the television and our time watching the "boob tube".  The major technology transformation was from three networks to four and even five.

The legitimization and acceptance of the television was either Walter Cronkite or watching Neil Armstrong step off the ladder. The current day legitimization of technology is the ability to "Google it". The difference is that once we could access Google in mobile form it had other unintended consequences. It allowed the world to come to us instead of us exploring further. Social media has amplified this paradigm change adding more content and dopamine. The addiction is changing our culture right in front of us.

Now parents are themselves becoming hooked. I see it at board meetings with the sneak peek at the phone. Parents are more distracted themselves today. The number of two earner households has tripled in a generation. Divorce rates are up 50%. Either consciously or not, we changed from our parents who had more defined roles and certainly seemed stricter. As a generation of parents changed, so did their children. Technology was a big influence but helicopter parenting has resulted in a change of outcomes. It certainly is not all parents that have hovered over children, but the proliferation of participation trophies and adjustments to repercussions of behavior is certainly prevalent.

If we want to understand our youth today, we should look at their adult role models for clues. Watch Simon's video. It is a start. Realizing our children have grown up differently means we must adjust and either help them in their life mission or accept many of their characteristics. At face value, more jobs before you are 30 may be a good thing. In most cases, it will mean less skill development and less pay for less productivity. Is that by design or by default of not preparing earlier for careers? We will continue to discover.

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