How to give your teenagers more responsibility

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For the last five years, schools have had to fund careers guidance from their overall budget as the £200 million dedicated budget was withdrawn from local authorities. For many, this has proved extremely challenging, and further cuts are on the horizon. The National Audit Office indicates that schools in England must reduce spending by 8% per pupil by 2020, and it is likely that careers guidance is in danger of dropping even further down the list of priorities.

So, it’s time for us all to step and take 100% responsibility for inspiring and supporting our young people. The question is – are you willing to give your teenagers more responsibility for their life and career and enable them to take small steps to achieve this?

If you are then tell them that you want to give them more responsibility for their live and career and talk about how they can do this.

For example, in casual conversation ask them:

“What would be the job you’d love so much that you’d do for free but that you could actually get paid for?”

Here’s a real example from this week. I met a student who said that she had known she wanted to be a photographer since she was 15 but had been re-directed in another field of study which made her sad and disillusioned and she dropped out of college. She said to me “If only someone had asked me how I could get paid for what I did and asked me to come up with a plan I would have been much happier.”

For those teenagers who don’t know what they want to do, ask them to think back over all the things they’ve done so far in their life – what made them the happiest?

Have your teenagers make a list of the things that make them happy and chat about how they might be able to make a living out of it. The how will come later the important thing is to start a conversation with your teenagers.

If students don’t know what they want from life – that’s fine as well. One tool I use with my students is to list all the things they don’t want from life e.g. to never to be able to live on their own, to live at home for the rest of their lives, to not be able to afford a holiday, you get the idea, right?

Over the next few blogs I’m going to give you some exercises to do with your teenagers so watch this space. If you simply can’t wait grab my book called The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate now available on Amazon.

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