A simple thing that has gone the wayside of communities are dances … a safe place where youth can gather, develop their social skills, burn off some of their youthful energy, and have fun.
As someone who loves to dance, I am extremely grateful for all the dances at the beach pavilions in Kincardine Port Elgin, Sauble Beach, and even in Rondeau Park I attended. Yes, there were some problems, but they exist whether there are dances or not.
Scientists tell us children and teens are not expected to live as long as us, yet we have taken a key component that adds great value away from their lives … and our own.
When I was a teen dance “cruiser” for the Whitby Optimists’ Club, yes, watching the senior middle school and high school students so they kept in line with hands, etc., was quite a challenge, but a very rewarding one. Now, I see teenagers with all this energy, many never even walk to school, and have no way, other than sports, and not everyone likes sports, to expend that energy … and either they aren’t because they are channelling that energy into their fingers, phones, and sex, therefore it is no surprise what is happening to our youth.
It is time for parents, grandparents, and communities to step up and provide youth with the benefits they reaped from dancing a night away. It can all start with you …
Connecting the Dots … with The Respect Principle