Preparing teens for adulthood in modern society is a great way to transition smoothly into an independent life. The process helps them establish a strong foundation whereby they can cope with any life uncertainties deemed to happen in one’s lifetime.
When teens are in school, they perceive that adulthood will be a leisurely walk in the park where they will be required to carry on and apply what they just learned in school. That is not a fact. The challenges that lay ahead require that every parent, guardian, or the society prepare them by guiding them appropriately. At this age, they can choose their careers wisely, acquire skills, values, and be responsible as they transit to adulthood.
Here are five ways on how they can be helped to prepare for adulthood.
Management of Time
Managing time wisely and effectively is the key to a successful life. From an early age, teens can be couched about time management by setting their goals correctly and working towards achieving those. They can be taught to organize themselves by planning ahead of time. Each activity they plan to carry out can have a time limit to avoid consuming time meant for other tasks. Discouraging procrastination and laziness is the key to the management of time.
Education and Career Choice
Teens should be encouraged to study efficiently, choose their careers wisely, and attain the necessary skills. At this stage of life, they can mold their future when their minds are still fresh. Their strengths and interests can be used as a basis to help them choose and compare good universities. For example, parents can help teens compare computer engineering colleges and similar programs available across the country. There are many career guides across the US, which can be taken advantage of to help the teen choose a suitable career.
Develop Financial Responsibility
Teens must be taught the importance of spending wisely by sticking to their budget. Financial responsibility begins with drafting a list of the essential items on the top of the list and the least necessary on the bottom. Entrust them with their allowance so that they can learn financial responsibility to equip them for the future.
Teach Work Ethic
There are many stereotypes regarding teaching teens about having a good work ethic. Many people perceive teens as lazy and people who cannot be able to work and earn. That is on the contrary. Teens are very active and willing to work to make allowances. Teaching them the principle that there are no free pies in the world will help them work hard to earn a living. Develop and teach them the importance of teamwork by being a role model for them. Allow them to make money by doing simple chores at home, at school at the community level. That will arm them with self-reliance skills.
Teach and Develop Mental and Social Life Skills
Psychological life skills are essential in adulthood because they culminate in their physical skills. They help a person to live a balanced life in society. Social behaviors acquired during teenage are likely to be carried on into adulthood. Positive character traits like good morals, etiquette, self-esteem, and good relationships are transited to adulthood and negative ones. A psychologically healthy teen brings forth a responsible, psychologically healthy adult.
Helping teens to prepare for adulthood is a societal responsibility. Both parents and society should strive to enhance a good transition from teenage to adulthood. That will guarantee a healthy adult generation, which is independent and responsible.