#YOLO: The Modern Day Bailout?


On this week’s parenting segment for Global TV, I talked about the expression #YOLO: A term most often used by the younger generation, AKA “You Only Live Once.”

I encourage you to watch it, and then I ask you the ON THE FENCE question of the day:  Is the term YOLO (You Only Live Once) teaching our kids to live in the moment and enjoy life, or is it encouraging our kids to throw in the towel on smart decision making? Is YOLO giving our kids an excuse to act “stupid” and irresponsible?

Direct link to segment: http://globalnews.ca/video/1099409/yolo-the-modern-day-bailout

It’s a big conversation. I’d love your thoughts.


  1. I think it depends on the situation. For example when you ate the ice cream after saying YOLO, if you don’t do it every day then we need YOLO in our lives. It’s actually a good ting. Its when YOLO becomes the excuse for everything and you start to lose direction, that is when there is a problem. That’s just my opinion.

  2. Great topic. As a mom of 2 girls yes I agree it’s the modern day copout. YOLO this and YOLO that. Who cares about consequences? Just do it. Act now and think later. It’s up to parents to raise our children right.

  3. I believe the maxim YOLO so do it right the first time.. Teaches responsibility and risk.. A balance that leads to innovation along with the realisation that we will live with the consequences of our actions.. Leads to the best choices.
    Taking risks and becoming aware of the consequences is a natural part of “growing up”, if we can call it that.. It is only by facing and experiencing the consequences of our actions that we learn,.. In this sense, nothing has changed over time or through generations.. Unless well meaning parents or others seek to remove the consequences to shelter people from the results of their own actions

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