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Surviving Teenhood

Beautiful  thoughtful young woman, questionsThe primary goal of the teen years is to achieve independence. Other goals include: finding a way to fit in; thinking about a career choice; and for many just making it through high school. For the process of the primary goal to occur, teens will start pulling away from their parents. They will pull away from the parent they are closest to first. Although capable of making decisions, a number of teens are not ready for the adjustment. Maturity levels vary amongst teens.

At this stage in life, teens are responsible for their choices, and although a parent is in part to blame when a teen makes a mistake, the bottom line is you are still responsible. People will make quick assessments of you when you make mistakes. People will also make a quick assessment of you by your appearance. Appearance can serve as a clue to your character and upbringing. It can be confusing when the most colorful dressers come from good families. Appearance may also signal whether you are a troublemaker, what type of work ethic you have, if there is parental involvement, and whether you have solid morals or values. Today there is a general, but limited, acceptance of a teen’s unique appearance, offering an opportunity to redefine a youth’s unusual style as individual, positive exploration and a harmless search for identity.

More and more young adults strive to be successful, some by trying to be a better athlete; a better student; and yes, even a millionaire. Many of them started at a young age with little or no instructions, just a dream. They start with a desire to do or become something and they act upon it. The definition of success lies within the individual. Parental guidance is key.

With the proper strategies in place, your teen can do or become anything he wants. Are you ready to help your teen do what it takes to become successful? Are they prepared to overcome the roadblocks to achieve success?

The first step towards success is to have absolute belief and faith in your teen’s abilities. Rome was not built in one day, and their future will not be formed in one day. Taking each day one step at a time and formulating the right plan of action will help you in creating the life that you both desire. Everything around you begins as a thought. It’s time to put those thoughts into reality.

Think of what you deeply desire in your life or where you want to be a year from now. How about 10 or 20 years from now? What changes have to take place? What do you need to know or learn? What spiritual, emotional, personal, financial, social or physical properties need to be addressed? The clearer you are with each of these dimensions, the sharper your vision. The clearer you are, the easier it will be to focus on making it happen.

Teach your teen that knowing why you want to achieve your goals is powerful. Identify the purpose of your goal to help you instantly recognize why you want that particular goal and whether it’s worth working toward. Knowing why you want something furnishes powerful motivation to see it through to the finish.

Written by: Michele Sfakianos, Registered Nurse & Award-Winning Author

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Michele is a registered nurse, award-winning author, leading authority on parenting, speaker and professional copywriter.

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