The youth roundtable has come to an end, and although it cannot be described as perfect, it was touching to see a room full of students. In the first round of group discussions, as I couldn’t hear the specific content through the window, I could only judge by the fact that almost no one came out during the discussion, and they were willing to sacrifice another topic, indicating that the interaction was very good. High school students in the hall also rushed to participate in group discussions. Looking at the empty hall, we all felt a bit regretful. There should have been an opportunity for parents to interact.
In the second round of group discussions, I and many parents entered the classroom to discuss the mental health of teenagers. Hearing the genuine feelings of teenagers, I can only say that they expressed themselves very sincerely. What is even more commendable is that they made many insightful suggestions based on their own experiences. As a parent, I really benefited a lot.
Talking to some parents in the hall, I found that many people have similar feelings about this activity. Being able to use the community platform to allow teenagers to communicate directly, the content of the communication is not only about how to improve themselves, but more about mutual understanding, encouragement, and support. These children have not fully entered society yet; they are using their eyes to observe, their hearts to experience, and their actions to practice. They need to validate each other’s thoughts, ideas, and actions, which is something everyone goes through and is inherently very healthy. In the process of growing up, if they can get more understanding and support from peers, teachers, and parents, it will be what they expect and what we hope to see.
Seven years have passed in a flash, and we will try different approaches, but the main theme will not change.