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3. Keep Up Friendly Conversations with Teens
Conversations we have with teens doesn’t always have to start like an interrogation; this will naturally put the teen off, force them to keep things or lie to you, or just go all silent on you. How about you start with, “Tell me about a time you helped someone else out of a tough or weird situation?” or “What do you think makes you extraordinary?.” This can help teens start thinking about their purpose and give them a sense of worth. Sometimes, young people will have difficulty finding their strengths. Be your teens’ biggest supporter and help them see their own strength.
4. Be The Model of Purpose, Joy, and Fulfillment You Want To See.
When we expect teens to have certain purpose or drive, it is important that we as adults also be the example of things we expect to see. Children don’t learn just from what you say, they learn and emulate more of what you do and how you express your fulfillment of what you do. Allow teens to see you as an adult living a life full of purpose, joy, and fulfillment. For whatever life purpose you have, discuss how you knew it was your calling and how it contributes to your everyday life satisfaction. And if you regret not following your dreams, please don’t shy away from sharing the lessons you learned to your teens. This may help them gain knowledge from your experience.
5. Provide Opportunities for Exploration
Every teen deserves an opportunity that encourages engagement, empowerment, exposure, entertainment and being equipped. Encourage teens to step outside their comfort zone and explore the world around them. Allow them to join an after-school club or summer career exploration program, social and team building activity, apply for a part-time job during holiday, or volunteer at the local community with friends.
6. Be Patient With Them!
The journey to finding their purpose in life is not a one-time event for teens, it is a process. Allow teens to go at their own pace. Be patient if they feel stuck or lost. It is okay to not have all the answers right away. Show teens that you are there to support them no matter what. This will offer them the security that comes from unconditional love and the lessons to be learnt from failing.
Cmor Ladejobi is an experiential learning educational coach and a broadcaster with 17 years experience on a mission to engage teenagers and young adults in hands on simulation career exploration, entrepreneurial, work based and learning adventure programs so they can test drive the careers of their dreams, discover their potentials and be better prepared for their future. She is passionate about re-defining learning and success for teenagers and young adults and transforming the classroom learning experience, all of these you will find @cmor_u