a new, fairly extensive survey of teenagers reports that the top factor in teen happiness, rated by the teenagers themselves, is time with family. amazing.
a couple quotes from the article (the whole thing is worth reading):
Spending time with family was the top answer to that open-ended question, according to an extensive survey — more than 100 questions asked of 1,280 people ages 13-24 — conducted by The Associated Press and MTV on the nature of happiness among America’s young people.
Nearly three-quarters of young people say their relationship with their parents makes them happy.
when i worked in a church (and had a role that involved programming for the youth ministry, as opposed to my no-less-important role now as a volunteer small group leader), our regular family ministry programming always had two goals, which i stated publically and often:
1. keep lines of communication open between parents and teens, and
2. create positive family memories.
youth workers, and churches in general, really need to take this survey to heart!
(ht to bob c and jonathan mckee, via email)