When young people turn 18 and graduate from high school, parents often expect them to start doing adult things. Go to college. Join the service. Get your own place. Get a steady job. Get married. Have kids. Even the law grants them new “adult” privileges.
I like the “go to college” option best. Take learning to the next level. Graduate and get that credential. Focus on a career. I like it because college isn’t easy, and striving for four years can help a young person ingrain the strengths they’ll need for life and work. And they might learn how to learn, and how to think.
But make one thing clear: they’re not adults yet. That’s what the science says, and I have some stories of my own to back that up.
To guide their children well, parents need the right perspective on adolescence. Listen in as Meredith Bell and I talk about this….