Schools and sports may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. The things that happen in the kid world do not often bear any resemblance to the life of an adult.
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In my daughter’s school, if she fails a test she can retest. When my son played little league baseball, he got a trophy, though they were one of the worst teams in the league. Our school system changed their letter grade formula to ten point increments. Now you can score a 91 and get an A.
These “kid perks” do not carry over to your grown-up life. Yes, you can mess up as an adult and live to tell about it, but you’ll suffer the effects. And some consequences will last the rest of your life.
You will not be remarkably mature as an adult if you’re not remarkably mature as a teen. Maturity is not an age but a disposition of the heart. And the journey to maturity begins when you get on it.
Think of your teen years like a laboratory where you get to try, fail, try again, and possibly succeed. After you get success down, you will be ready for adulthood. If adulthood calls and you’re not ready, it will come anyway. And you will either sink or swim.
Time to Reflect
- What does it mean to prepare for adulthood? Do you know how to do that?
- Who’s preparing you for adulthood? What are your plans?