This morning I read a Newsweek article about the declining creativity in America's youth. In summary, the article describes the decline of creativity, as measured by an assessment tool developed in 1958, is declining in children of today. The article then blames the usual suspects: TV, video games, internet, and...you guessed it: schools.
I've got a significantly different take on "kids these days," and I sometimes feel like I'm in the significant minority. First, let me tell you why I'm so optimistic about our youth.
I am a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Reston, VA, which is a suburb of Washington, DC. I specialize in working with children and teens dealing with difficulties in their lives: school issues, under-achievement, behavior problems, depression, etc. I work with the kids and their parents to help create a better outcome.
I have the privilege of being able to sit and talk with kids about their lives, feelings, ideas, and dreams for about 5 hours of my day. It's an amazing job, and I'm amazed at how few people get to spend so much time just talking with kids. The kids I work with tell me pretty regularly that they have never had someone sit and talk with them for an hour and just be interested in their lives, their feelings, and their ideas.
Because of this privilege I have been given, I think I have a good idea of what's happening with kids these days. At least the kids in my little section of the world.
2. Brad Pitt: The Jolie-Pitt brood is arguably Hollywood's most famous, with adopted sons Maddox and Pax, adopted daughter Zahara, biological baby girl Shiloh and biological twins Vivienne and Knox. Three boys, three girls. The family is totally adorbs!
4. Bruce Willis: Willis is outnumbered in his family, having sired all daughters. He has Rumor, Scout and Tallulah with ex Demi Moore, and two daughters, Mabel and Evelyn, with present wife Emma Heming.
7. Kevin Federline: Six is K. Fed's lucky number. He and ex Shar Jackson have a daughter and son (Kori and Kaleb), while he and former wife Britney Spears have two sons (Sean Preston and Jayden James). He and current wife Victoria Prince have two daughters (Jordan and Peyton). Overall, the Fedster certainly has a lot of responsibility.
8. Clint Eastwood: Dirty Harry sired seven kids with five mothers. They are daughter Kimber, son Kyle, daughter Alison, son Scott, daughter Kathryn, daughter Francesca, and daughter Morgan. Father's Day must be fun in his house.
9. Mel Gibson: The actor, who has been felled by lots of issues in recent years, has eight kids, seven of which were produced during his long marriage to ex-wife Robyn. M&R had six sons and a daughter. Gibson then went on to have another daughter with Oksana Grigorieva, and we all know how THAT went, thanks to the leaked tapes of him screaming all sorts of obscenities at her.
10. Diddy: The rapper and mogul has six kids and billions of dollars, so do the math and come up with this answer. He never has to worry about things like child support. Here's how the Sean Combs' Family Tree shakes out: Five biological kids, three baby mamas and one stepson.
11. Eddie Murphy: His comedy act often referenced how the wives of famous men often took half of their hubby's fortunes when no pre-nups were in place. But in Murphy's case, it's his eight children that could be a drain on his resources. Murphy has five kids with ex-wife Nicole. He also has two other sons with two different women. Add to that a daughter from a brief fling with Scary Spice, who was actually born on Murphy's birthday. Trivia!