I have been hearing the young adults use the word “adulting”. This is something that we all do, and as we are adulting we find it difficult to focus on the desires of our hearts. What is adulting, taking care of our families, paying bills, and working hard on this thing we live called life. I have heard many of the young adults say this word in reference to, I wish I could go back to being young and not have any responsibilities.
How do we prepare our youth for adulting or this thing called life?
First, let’s allow them to be young for as long as possible. Allow them to be kids not grow up so fast and do what kids do. Limit the amount of television and electronics they are using.
Second, as they become older still allow them to live and focus on what is important at that moment. School should be a focus and extra curriculum activities.
Third, at 18 they DO NOT become an adult. They should not be responsible for bills or must be forced to move out. These teens have been young living the young life and now we expect them to understand adulthood and be ready to take on adult responsibilities?
These kids have been given to us by God, He has entrusted us to do what is best for them so we it is our job to prepare them to become adults. We should not assume that they have seen us do this thing called life and they are ready.
Questions to ask yourself:
What have we taught our young adult to prepare them for life? We know what the school taught them now it is our job they are equipped with other tools to live by.
What is your child’s maturity level? Understanding where your child is at will help you know what your child is ready for in the world. We have some kids who are not mentally mature to be on their own, they are not even ready for college, therefore you can suggest other options that might fit their life better.
Is your child ready for college, working, or trade school?
Have you prepared your child for the stress of the world? This world is cruel and sometimes we need to help our child have thick skin to be ready for this life.
Our kids are the future, and it is our job to get them ready to survive without us. It is our job to recognize early on the strengths and weaknesses of our children /young adults to help in the areas of being ready for adulthood. They did not ask to be here in the world and we were blessed to have them, it is our job to make sure they are getting the tools they need to succeed in this world.