The youth of today has a challenging path. They are the first generation to grow up entirely on social media, which exposes every one of their gestures to the public eye. Their choices and tastes are questioned continuously through the means of social media platforms. It’s not uncommon for kids to be bullied online, making it increasingly uncomfortable for them to unlock the key to their personality and self-growth in such difficult circumstances.
Young adults especially are highly sensitive to digital rumors and influence, as they are at the age of self-discovery. As a parent, your role has become more challenging. When, in the old days, all a parent needed was an honest conversation with their child, the abundance of communication and opinions that can affect young adults forces parents to be more vigilant. You need to be the light at the end of the tunnel; ultimately your child needs guidance and support to become a happy and accomplished adult.
That’s precisely with this intention that books and films dedicated to help young adults have multiplied over the past decade. They encompass their doubts and fears. In a world where social standards, environmental threats, and financial uncertainties are part of the everyday news, making your place in society has never been more difficult. But with your support, your child can understand and define what they want to achieve for themselves. The world has still a lot to offer for those who know how to make the most it; it would be a pity not to encourage young adults to seize their chances.
Who are young adults?
The term young adults is fairly new in the vocabulary of families. Indeed, young adults are not quite the same things that children or teenagers. According to literary agents who have coned the buzzword as a commercial label – at first – young adults tend to refer to late teens and twenties. Ultimately, while they might be a legal age in some states to drive or to engage in risky behaviors – such as alcohol use or even sexual intercourse – most individuals in this age group struggle with the potential of the new found freedom. They can do anything they want to – or most things – but they are unsure of where to start with their lives. As a result, foolish risks can occur more often than you’d want to. But it’s fair to note that the brain of young adults isn’t fully formed, meaning that they are not in a position to understand the consequences of their actions. Rewind half a century ago and young adults would often get married shortly after high-school and would take apprenticeship positions during their first years, both at home and in the office. As a result, they could learn the path to adulthood at their own pace. However, nowadays as young adults are thrown into life after high school/college, risky behaviors become a form of exploration of their skills and personality. As a parent, you can help them to develop their identity without resorting to unhealthy choices.
Positive attitude is the first thing they need
Why do young adults need to prove themselves in their social community? From daring challenges to exploring free relationships, young adults often embark on a path that has no boundaries. Indeed, as they take more and more risks, they define themselves as being tough, brave or simply popular within their community. For young individuals, proving their worth is the equivalent of a rite of passage. With a complex world ahead of them, young adults are often influenced by their peers to engage in dangerous activities. Their success, they believe, defines their self-worth. Fast-paced lifestyles make it increasingly difficult for parents to show their best sides, meaning that without a reference, young adults have no choice but to find self-confidence in risk-taking behaviors. As a parent, you need to make time for your children, regardless of their age. Showing your best self offers the insight they need into developing their path of self-growth. Your best self begins with a positive attitude, especially when an unexpected situation arises. As young adults still learn by mimicking your behavior, embracing positivity helps in finding self-confidence and self-worth. In the long term, as you show toughness through a positive attitude and impression, you can help young adults understand that proving their worth doesn’t require harmful behavior. Instead, kind interactions can go a long way.
What is their purpose?
Young adults often experience self-doubts and insecurity, even when they develop a positive attitude towards life. This is usually the result of not knowing how they could best make a difference in their world. Many find themselves wondering what is the purpose of their existence, and hoping that they can find the best way of following the call of God. Nowadays, the idea of serving a greater purpose can be confusing. This confusion lies in the fact that many young adults ask the wrong questions. Many try to make their surroundings and God fit in their story, instead of considering how they fit into their world. This is where as a parent you can help them to tackle these insecurities as they reflect of their desires and impacts on the society. Gradually, they will visualize how their strengths can make a difference.
Finding their true passion
Finding what you want to do with your life is the ultimate light at the end of the tunnel/. For young adults, this is the compass that guides their steps. But, while the typical advice you hear is to follow your passion, it’s the kind of things that can be tricky if you haven’t figured out your passion. For young adults, the time of defining what they want to do in future is stressful as it often appears as a final choice. How can you guide them from understanding their purpose to discovering their passion? The more you encourage them to try out new activities and research potential interests, the easier it is to find a fulfilling career.
Now’s the time to pick their studies
For young adults, the question of their studies is essential. Where do they want to make an impact in the world? But it’s important to remind them that, even when a choice has been made, they are still allowed to change their mind. Young adults are often worried about making mistakes such as picking the wrong degree course. Ultimately, you need to act as an advisor to help your child understand when their studies are not suited to their personality. From bad grades to feeling bored about the lectures, many signs can’t be ignored. It’s okay to drop out to find something that is better suited. Nobody wants to get stuck in a career that doesn’t reflect their passions or skills. Letting them know that they have the right to get it wrong gives them room to make informed choices about their future.
Let them fail now
Anxiety disorders are persistent, especially among young individuals. Indeed, it’s the combination of several factors, such as loss of communal connection, sleep deprivation and helicopter parenting – which leads to young adults unable to cook, manage a household, or control their finances –, which develops a fear of failure. Your role is to give your child the best chances in life. But it starts at home, by encouraging them to experiment, meet new people and build a healthy routine. Failing at home means they can learn to figure out life early.
Young adults may be of age to be independent, but they are not yet ready for life. They need your soft guidance and support to learn the lessons they need to build a future that is safe, happy and meaningful.