Increase Kids’ Exposure

We all drop the ball sometimes, as parents and youth development professionals. Nobody is perfect. But by focusing exclusively on what not to expose young people to, we are chucking the ball away for good.

It’s time to come out of the shadows and into the light by rekindling the national conversation about all the healthy experiences we can engineer for our youth.

Most of all, we need to listen carefully to the young people we serve. How else will we know about any pain or unique needs?

These days, I’m reminded of the words of shock rocker Marilyn Manson, who was interviewed by Michael Moore in Moore’s documentary, “Bowling for Columbine”.

Moore asked him, “If you were to talk directly to the kids [who shot and killed their classmates] what would you say to them…?”

Manson’s response: “I wouldn’t say a single word to them. I would listen to what they have to say…and that’s what no one did.”

Gulp. Let’s keep talking about the good stuff we can expose our kids to, starting with adults who listen.

Dr. Christopher Thurber is the school psychologist at Phillips Exeter Academy and the co-founder of Learn more by visiting

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One comment on “Increase Kids’ Exposure

  1. link for FCF FamilyCare on said:

    I like your guidelines about What Kids Should Be Exposed To. And thanks for posting this. I just got another new idea just like your guidelines. Thanks.

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