3/30/13

Talking to Teenagers about their Future

Talking to teenagers about their future can sometimes be frustrating and discouraging. As a parent, I'm sure there have been times my teens have approached me where I rolled my eyes (hopefully where they wouldn't see me) because teenagers come up with some crazy ideas. They also tend to change their mind a thousand times about what they want to do and who they want to be. I guess in reality, we all do that...come up with crazy ideas and change our minds a lot. My best advice to parents of teens, if your kids want to talk, just listen to them. You can ask questions, but don't dominate the conversation with a bunch of talk about what they "should do." There are so many options to young people and it's important they feel free to explore all the opportunities available to them.
Most importantly, be supportive. If your child wants to go to college, you can offer to visit schools with them. If your child is considering military service, you can search websites of the different branches together. Maybe a full time job is where your teenager sees themselves, so you could help them write their first resume. Online education is also a great option for college degrees, trade school certifications and continuing education. If you or your child is interested in a career as a certified nursing assistant or CNA, check out FindCNAClasses. Full of resources and valuable links, FindCNAClasses provides a wealth of information on CNA certification. As your teenager considers their future, remember to be a gentle guide to them and withhold your advice until they ask for it. Living with a teen is both a challenge and a joy!

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