Children, teens and young adults are a restless bunch.
They are always hoping, and searching for something.
They don’t want to believe anything their parents say. They want to fit in.
They want to experience something.
What begins with a call for help for many ends in a search for themselves. Along the way they become of age and embrace values.
Old forms of existence collapse, and the search is on for something new.
This is a generation that is not content to stay the same and be like their parents. Many of them want to see more, be more, and get that antsy feeling out of their system so they can focus.
In One Size Does Not Fit All, I share my evaluations and overviews of addiction treatment centers, clinical assessment centers, eating disorder programs, family run residential treatment centers, learning disability schools, residential therapeutic boarding schools and outdoor wilderness programs. This is shared from my point of view and the interviews, on site visits and evaluations I have completed.
I make no assumptions about these for profit and non-profit programs.
I just share the information collected and verified.
Every generation thinks that their youth was an extraordinary time. It is easy to romanticize life when you are a teen or young adult. If you are looking for a rant against any particular program or school, you will not find that here. I am not writing about shattered institutions or broken systems. I am looking at the real programs and schools that are invested in transformation and are not out to save the world. I have spent a lot of time looking at each and every program listed here. Many of you have your own definition of these programs and schools.
Here at One Size Does Not Fit All, I wrote about my own experience, overviews and evaluations. I know each person will have their own reactions. I am not here to battle anyone about their experience.
Parents, grandparents and their children, teens and young adults will have their own experiences.
Teens and young adults are all seeking the meaning of life. At least that is what they believe they are seeking. I think that what these kids are seeking is an experience of being alive.
Following your bliss is a common term now. What I hear from kids in treatment is that they feel they have been stifled and have never been able to do a single thing they wanted to do in their whole life. I laugh as the ages I mostly hear this from are anywhere from nine to nineteen.
I still listen to what they say. They all want to know what is on the other side of the door in life.
Meeting people who dedicate themselves to their field of work in outdoor and residential programs has been an honor. They are absolutely following their bliss.
As we have become a world of technology, everything has changed in regard to raising children. Relaxed laws such as legalizing marijuana, has made it more difficult for parents to define family values. Different types of family structure has changed from the two parent family with one working and one at home to extended families, grandparent families, nuclear families, single parent families, step families and a variety of other structures.
The way families work, the kind of health challenges that are evolving, the types of diets people follow, all affect how outdoor wilderness programs and residential treatment centers have changed over the years. There are many different types of programs and schools today.
One Size Does Not Fit All.