My back hurts
Let me start by saying I'm not one of those pain in the ass types who's always going on about how bad young people are today and how much better behaved we all were when I was a kid. In my experience, most kids are inelligent, well-behaved, and interesting. Tonight I had an experience that confirmed my belief. I judged a moot court competition. Most of the participants were from high schools. However, I wound up judging a two competing middle schools. The scoring attorneys in the group and I all rolled our eyes thinking we were going to be in for a long evening. These kids were amazing. They were prepared, articulate, polite, friendly, and excited about their involvement in the competition. Just as heartening was the fact that the courtroom was jammed with mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, and friends, all there to support these great kids. As I told them, when I was in middle school, my two biggest priorities were surfing and skateboarding. These kids are doing something important that never even crossed my mind. Even if these kids never want to do anything even remotely like lawyering, they're preparing themselves for a great future. Whether it's an extracurricular activity like this, art endeavors, or some other activity that is meaningful to your kids, encourage the hell out of them and support them with all your heart.