Fake news. Spam emails. Hoax websites. Plagiarized novels.
What looks like information at first. . . turns out, isn’t.
How does anyone know what to believe? There are strategies to determine if what you are reading is more or less likely to be close to the truth, but wow, what a lot of effort it takes.
It’s ironic that in this age of so much information, it’s hard to know what’s worth paying attention to, and so many people just don’t. Young people today get most of their information about the world from social media. What their friends and peers post on Instagram carries more weight, sadly, than a well-researched but long and dry article.
How is that peer-influenced information affecting young people’s thoughts and values at a time when they are impressionable and starting to make life choices that will affect their futures? It seems more necessary than ever to provide our young people with a solid foundation, one grounded in real family traditions and histories. Those happened; those are real.
And you can be the one to tell those stories, to pass along those traditions, the ones that stand out for you to be shared with the young people in your family. The stories that show how people in your family—maybe even you—faced the challenges they face, and how they got stronger. Stories that entertain, but underneath create a moral compass that will stick with them as they encounter the typical obstacles that life will throw into their paths.
The best gift you can give a beloved child, grandchild, niece or nephew is to tell your story.
One story, one young reader. It all starts there.