-- Truth Be Told Quotes
Young people are supposed to do some stupid stuff, right?
It’s part of being young. What you want are the youthful
adventures that will be embarrassingly rehashed over
holiday dinners for years to come. Like that story about
your uncle with the goat, the bubble wrap, and the
ill-timed dare? Your mom always rolls her eyes and looks
disapproving, but she’s chuckling on the inside.
Some mistakes can cause life-altering damage. Those mistakes will get you pursed lips and disapproving glares. So ask yourself before you leap… how will this story play at dinner in a few years?
Bring this quote into your classroom with a lesson guide and activities that are ready to use.
This quote about making mistakes addresses the natural changes that occur as teens grow up. Their brains are rewiring so they don’t always evaluate risk well, and they tend to think nothing bad will happen to them (See The Teenage Brain, by Frances E Jensen, MD). This quote can inspire high school teens and young adults to think about their actions and to reduce the risk of making life-altering mistakes. The quote acknowledges that they want to have some fun and that mistakes are part of growth while offering teens a simple technique to evaluate potential risk.
Pausing to think, "How will this go over at holiday dinner in a few years?" can help teens consider how serious an action may be. When they picture their family members laughing vs. looking disapproving vs. being angry, teens have a more relatable measure of whether a risk is minor or serious.
This quote also highlights the connection between personal health and family health and relationships. It helps teens see the perspectives of trusted adults and anticipate the impact of their actions on their relationships.
Questions to prompt discussion, journaling, essays for high school health class and social emotional development lessons:
Activities and worksheets for teen SEL / high school health and wellness lessons: