The currency of our day has shifted, over the last 10 years. Read More
First of all, kids have always sought attention from others. In their infancy, kids seek attention from their parents, and when they get older, they seek attention (more so) from their peers. That's always been the case it's just that, now, they have more outlets to acquire attention.
I think it's also important to understand that if attention is a currency, then it's not a "universal" one. What I mean is that you can't use a parent's attention in place of attention from peers or attention from teachers. If attention is a currency, then attention from different sources represent different denominations that can't be exchanged for one another, and each one has its strengths and weaknesses.
That means that I can have a lot of attention from parents and teachers, but if I have little to no attention from my peers, then I will still feel the deficit. In other words, caring adults can and should offer more attention to younger people, but it will not solve any attention deficit felt amongst the peers of younger people; that requires some giving.
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Tim Elmore is the founder and president of Growing Leaders, an international non-profit organization created to develop emerging leaders.
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