Magazine article Work & Family Life

Making the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Making the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

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Why are so many young people in the "startup years" unprepared for the challenge of initiating a productive life? What can we do as parents to equip our children better for adulthood?

These are the two main questions addressed by Dr. MeI Levine, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Caroline Medical School, in his wonderful new book, Ready or Not, Here Life Comes.

Among the reasons young adults are foundering, says Dr. Levine, are our cultural emphasis on immediate gratification and the coddling and overscheduling they have experienced from their parents. He adds: "Our society encourages kids to select each other as role models in place of adults. How can you emerge a productive adult when you've hardly ever observed one veiy closely? …

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