Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults

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Today's Generation iY (teens brought up with the Internet) andHomelanders (children born after 9/11) are overexposed toinformation at an earlier age than ever and, paradoxically, areunderexposed to meaningful relationships and real-life experiences.This overexposure/underexposure produces artificial maturity. Formany of our young people, the speed at which data reaches them hasslowed down their actual maturity.

Artificial Maturity gives parents, teachers, and others who workwith...

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Overview

Today's Generation iY (teens brought up with the Internet) andHomelanders (children born after 9/11) are overexposed toinformation at an earlier age than ever and, paradoxically, areunderexposed to meaningful relationships and real-life experiences.This overexposure/underexposure produces artificial maturity. Formany of our young people, the speed at which data reaches them hasslowed down their actual maturity.

Artificial Maturity gives parents, teachers, and others who workwith youth a manual for understanding and practicing the leadershipthat kids so desperately need to mature in a healthy fashion,including practical steps adults can take to furnish theexperiences kids need to balance their consumption of informationwith true development. These steps are centered on four keys fortransforming artificial maturity into authentic maturity:

  • Provide autonomy and responsibility simultaneously
  • Provide information and accountability simultaneously
  • Provide experiences to accompany teens' technology-savvylifestyles
  • Provide community-service opportu-nities to balance self-servicetime

Also featured are helpful ideas, projects, and traditionsgleaned from parents, teachers, and others who affect children'slives, which enable the kids under their care to mature and becomehealthy adults.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118258064
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Edition number: 71
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 300,347
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Tim Elmore is the founder and president of Growing Leaders. Through Growing Leaders, Elmore and his team teach middle school, high school, and college students the skills they need to become authentic leaders. He has shared his insights in more than thirty countries and has written more than twenty-five books, including Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes and Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future.
Discover more at www.GrowingLeaders.com

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Table of Contents

Before You Read Anything Else . . . v

1 What Is Artificial Maturity? 1

2 We Didn’t See It Coming 15

3 Who Is Generation iY? 33

4 A Balancing Act 49

5 The Problem of Atrophy 65

6 The Problem with Talent 83

7 The Pull to Be a Karaoke Parent or Teacher 97

8 Turning Artificial Maturity into Authentic Maturity 116

9 The Future of Parenting and Education 132

10 What Will Kids Look Like in the Future? 152

11 Correcting and Connecting 166

12 Becoming a Soul Provider 186

13 The Big Picture 205

14 Passing the Baton 219

Notes 233

Acknowledgments 243

About the Author 245

About Growing Leaders 247

Index 249

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