Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Off to Arizona to Talk Teens to Grandparents

With only minutes to spare before I leave for the airport for two speaking engagements in Green Valley, Arizona, I will share with readers what I hope to accomplish. I am going to speak to two different groups of retirees in their beautiful southern Arizona desert community.

I hope this will be a two-way street. I have something to say about teens and young adults (ala David Brooks in my last post) and I am eager to hear what the senior generation has to say about teens. I am motivated by what I see as a need for grandparents who live at a distance from their families to stay in touch rather than to retreat into old age and give up on trying to understand the marvelous youth in their midst. And I hope to use this experience as a starting point for writing that will reach them on an ongoing basis.

My main points for discussion are:
Communication: it is possible to stay in touch with kids, now more easily than ever but it might require getting educated
Young adults: they are fabulously involved in making the world a better place
Sexuality: yes, it's there. What do you really want to know?
Immunizations: look how far we have come!
Education: what is autism? what is ADD? What's up with this generation?
Alcohol: How can grandparents help the bingeing generation?

I will be sure to let you know what I find out!

1 comment:

  1. I hope you have an enriching experience and you are able to enrich the people you come in contact with there.