Achieving Success for Teens and Parents

  • Thursday, March 21, 2013

By Al Foderaro

Welcome to Achieving Success for Teens and Parents which will be featured bi-weekly to provide useful information for teens to use as they start the process of making important academic, personal, and career decisions. Parents are also encouraged to read the column to gain helpful information which can be used to assist their children throughout their most important developmental years.

The teenage years serve as a kind of bridge between being a child and becoming an adult. It is a period in life filled with high expectations and greater responsibility, as youth are now being asked to make some very important decisions.

Accept responsibility and
be accountable

Teenagers determine their own destiny. Whether or not a teen achieves success will be directly related to his or her ability to make the kind of choices that will produce positive outcomes. Positive outcomes occur when an individual is willing to accept responsibility for his own behavior and be held accountable for the decisions he makes.

Teens should understand their roles and responsibilities as students. Although there are other people, especially parents, friends, and teachers who influence their decisions, a teen’s success is determined by their individual actions and behavior.

The choices teenagers make about how they spend their time each day or what their long-range academic and career goals may be, will have a significant impact on the overall quality of their lives as adults. The decisions being made about choosing friends, free time, activities, and school work habits can make a huge difference in his or her life. Individuals that learn to accept responsibility for making decisions carefully and thoughtfully will become more confident in the choices they make and more satisfied with the outcomes.

It’s not too early to start planning

During the teenage years young people are expected to and most likely will want to become less dependent on their parents and other adults. They begin to make decisions about their futures and start to put their choices into action. They will need to learn how to make decisions and start using the decision-making process in their daily life.

Also, starting the career planning process in the early teen years allows sufficient time to gather information about academic and career opportunities. Decision-making is an important skill that people assume just comes naturally. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. It takes time and practice to learn how to make good decisions and it is a skill that all young people need to master in order to achieve success. The more effort put into the process, the brighter the future will be.

Plan to read Achieving Success for Teens and Parents bi-weekly

Achieving Success for Teens and Parents is being offered to help young people gain the knowledge and confidence to make good academic, career, and personal decisions necessary to achieve success. Future columns will cover a wide variety of related topics and feature specific tools that students can use throughout the decision-making and career planning process.

Deciding on a future career is one of the most important decisions a young person needs to make, and it takes more than an hour, a week, or a month to do it properly. Career planning is a developmental process that evolves over an extended period of time and requires a serious commitment to have positive results.  

Whether you are a teen or a parent of one the information gained from reading this column will help to make the kind of decisions that will lead to a rewarding future. It’s your decision!   

Al Foderaro is a retired college administrator and instructor living in Georgetown County who is the founder/executive director of Life Decisions Group, LLC and co-author of “It’s Your Decision for Teens, A Commonsense Guide to Making Better Choices” and “Keys to Student Success”. For information e-mail afoderaro@lifedecisionsgroup.com or go to www.lifedecisionsgroup.com.

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