Preparing children for adult life

SCHOOL'S OUT: The hard work is over for this year and young adults are celebrating and hopefully prepared for the responsibilities of adulthood. Picture: File photo
SCHOOL'S OUT: The hard work is over for this year and young adults are celebrating and hopefully prepared for the responsibilities of adulthood. Picture: File photo

Parents look forward to their children's first steps and words. Watching a child grow and develop new abilities can bring great joy to parents. As we get caught up in each milestone reached, are we forgetting to impart the knowledge of some basic life skills that will prove invaluable when they grow up?

Anyone with a child will no doubt, at some time, have heard the words - "I'm sick of the rules at school, I hate getting up early to go to school, I can't wait to leave school so I can do my own thing, I can't wait to make my own money so I can buy what I want."

The end of year 12 means a new batch of young adults who have finished school, will enjoy a summer break and made the most of freedom from school. They are ready to begin "adulting" with all the independence they have been hoping for.

They now will have to pay their own bills such as rent, electricity and food if they move away from home. They will have to get up early in the morning for work so they can pay those bills. Now they are answerable to the rules and regulations of society.

Those who have taken on responsibility in their childhood will have a head start. Chores, part-time jobs, learning to cook, meeting the deadline expectations of school assignments, getting themselves out of bed to go to school and respecting rules, are the skills that should be celebrated. These are the milestones that ensure children will have a better chance of success when a life of adult independence truly begins.

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