Magazine article Working Mother

Life Tips for Teens

Magazine article Working Mother

Life Tips for Teens

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If you've got a teenager, you're probably wondering where you're sending her to college and, oh yes, what she's going to do after that. And your kid probably has the same thoughts. A study of recent high school graduates, by the Washington, DC-based nonprofit education advocacy group Achieve, says that many who went on to college or straight into the workforce felt they weren't prepared for impending challenges.

"When my brother and I finished high school, we realized there was still so much we needed to know and that we weren't alone in feeling unprepared for success in life," says Kent Healy, 22, coauthor with his brother, Kyle, 20, of "Cool Stuff" They Should Teach in School and cofounder of "Cool Stuff" Media (www.coolstuffmedia.com). Yet they felt they had gleaned, partly through the guidance of their parents, some real-life tools that could help them tackle the future. And now they encourage other young people to cultivate skills not necessarily covered in high school. Here are their top five ready-for-life rules.

1. You've gotta get responsible. "Teens need to feel in control and know their decisions matter," says Kent. So, much as you want to help, let your child solve her own stuff and don't baby her. "If she forgets something she needs for school, let her face the music." She'll learn it's her problem to deal with.

2. It's not what happens to you, it's how you react to it. Kids often grow up feeling entitled, says Kent, so when obstacles come their way, they don't know how to cope. …

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