3 Signs Your Teen is Growing up Quite Fast
It does not take too long from when you have a baby to when they reach their teen years. In fact, some parents would say it blows by rather quickly.
While you want your teenager to have fun, they also need to start preparing for their next adventure in life.
For many teens, this will mean going off to college sooner than later. For others, it might mean some time in the military. Still others may opt to go right into the working world.
No matter the choices your teen makes, be sure he or she is as responsible as can be.
So, are you seeing signs your teen is growing up quite fast?
Watching Your Teenager Grow Before Your Eyes
As you watch your teenager grow right before your eyes, here are three signs they are in fact progressing:
- Wanting to drive – When most teens get to the age they are legally allowed to drive, there is no holding them back. That said if your teenager is wanting to drive, he or she must understand the importance of a license. First, they have a responsibility to themselves and you to be the best driver possible. Second, they also owe a responsibility to the others sharing the roads. Make sure your teen gets how important these things are. As part of this, they must avoid distractions at all costs. Some of the more common ones include driving with phones, friends in the car, and drinking and driving. Your teen must never believe it is okay to do any of the aforementioned acts. It only takes seconds for time out on the roads to turn into a tragedy. Last, make sure they are responsible for the vehicle they drive. Even if you are paying the bills for the car or truck they use, they should help you with taking care of it. If your family will be car shopping soon, you may well want to take you teen with you to see what they might like to drive.
- Helping at home – Another sign that your kid is growing up right before you is when they volunteer to help at home. This is more than taking out the garbage or straightening up their room. It means wanting to help out with younger siblings. This can entail taking them by car to school, doctor appointments and more. You also want to count on your teen to be able to babysit their younger siblings when you can’t be around. This allows your teen to grow up and take on the care of your younger children when necessary. Helping at home can also mean doing yard work and other needed chores that come with raising a family.
- Getting a part-time job – Last, when your teen wants to get a part-time job, it is another step in the right direction. He or she can earn some money when school is not in session. This allows your child to put some money aside for college. It also teaches them the responsibility of being on time for work shifts. Encourage your child to want to work on a part-time basis and watch them grow up in front of you.
When your teen is growing up quite fast, enjoy and embrace it.
Sure, you may want them to be little kids forever. That said watching them turn into young men or women will be something to be proud of.