Take the time to connect with kids

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Positive Family Communication is the goal this week. Locally, only 34 percent of students feel like they have this asset in their lives.
I always like to be mindful that a portion of this data point is how that communication is interpreted by our youth.
Nevertheless, one might consider their daily interactions and how they might come across. I also like to bring up an old saying from when I was a kid, “Monkey see, monkey do.”
Do the youth in your life mirror what they see? Think about the greatest adults you know and how kids seem to interact with them. Even the kid having the worst day seems a little brighter in their presence, right?
Take time to connect with kids, asking for nothing, accomplishing nothing — and by all means — with a goal of not fussing. If you try to do that from time to time, then when you do ask, it might not be met with dread.
I’d also like to mention a type of communication: texting. Prior to the start of the summer, Assets made an attempt to get folks on board with not texting and driving. The response was pathetic, to say the least.
Have you taken the opportunity to speak to the youth in your life about not texting and driving? If you haven’t, I hope you will. I know it seems logical, but how often have bad things taken place after you forgot to mention, or didn’t think you needed to mention?
Yesterday, I followed a car down the truck route to White Rock and I believe the person was texting during that time. The driver wasn’t maintaining their lanes, but did not appear to me to be drunk.
The sad thing is, I wasn’t sure if was a teen or an adult. So youth, I challenge you to do the same. Make sure your parents aren’t driving while texting. I’ve seen adults do it too.
While adults have driving experience on their side and teens have expertise in the texting area on their side, we know they aren’t meant to be done at the same time. Please try to make that goal another form of positive communication.

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Assets In Action Coordinator for Los Alamos. The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce sponsor Assets In Action. They are seeking the donation of flower bulbs and compost for a variety of school projects, if you can help, call 661-4846.