As a parent of a high school graduate, this is probably the most critical phase of your child’s life. While some may be sure of what is next, a number of them want to enjoy freedom. That is where you come in as a parent to encourage and inspire them to be who they want to be.
1. The real-life talk
The first thing is to make them feel that they are essential and they have crossed the adulthood line. Appreciate them by recognizing the milestones they have made over the years. Then introduce them into the new world they are about to step in. It’s essential to focus on the positive things first because they need to hear the rest of the speech with an open mind, not from a subjective impression.
2. Choosing a career
During their junior or senior year of high school is a good time for the child to determine what career path to take. While jumping into higher learning institutions feels right, there is the exception that the child is unsure what career to consider. A parent can advise the child accordingly, depending on what the child is good at. Some children may be more physical, so enrolling in a setting that will prepare him in sports or the military is the best thing.
Also, as a guardian, you must be open to the possibility that he may not be willing to join school just yet. Helping him with his resume to start working is an option. Secondly, volunteering in service work is also a great idea. The two possibilities may influence the child in a career and also make them emotionally independent.
3. Writing a resume
Resumes outline what you are good at; it places you in the ideal places to thrive, not only in workplaces but also in college applications. As a parent, you have to help your child create the perfect resume and give more advanced insights on what best suits them.
4. Furthering their studies
Some children are sharp in books, while others are sharp in the hands-on curriculum. This is the time to give insight to your child on which path to take. The child can either further their education in colleges and universities or a vocational school. Hence, the third step is to embrace and cultivate whatever decision they make regarding the next step.
Although you should encourage your kids to take education seriously, there are those that won’t feel ready for college—and it’s okay. As their guardian, encourage them to go for the two-year college. They can either feel motivated to proceed to the four-year college or university or sharpen their skills in that particular field.
Alternatively, advise the child to embrace a vocational program. The program will usher the child straight into their career. For example, they might choose a noble and rewarding firefighter career path.
5. Grab opportunities
Whether the child will take up a career or proceed to college, a parent must instill the “go-getter” attitude. If there is anything 2020 has taught us globally, it is resilience and adaptability. Let the child identify when an opportunity comes knocking and instill the right values of risk-taking.
6. How to live in freedom
Your child is about to step out and start living independently, whether in hostels or apartments. Make them understand that they will meet and socialize with different people from different backgrounds. They must remain true to who they are, build bridges, and maintain productive relationships.
Discuss possible case scenarios and possible solutions. Talk about excessive clubbing, drugs, and sex, paint the real-life picture of what they are walking into. This will help them get mentally prepared, independent, and responsible.
7. Spending habits
You need to instill a culture that enables them to live within their means—to save and invest. If you teach them how to let their money work for them through investments and shares, they are likely to escape the booby trap of spiral debts once they are in the workforce.
The most important thing is to keep communication with the child, let them know you are there for them in their successes and failures. Secondly, give them space and show you trust them. If the child trusts you enough, they are likely to open up about their challenges, and you can face them as a team.