While they have a lot of information, kids lack judgment. Judgment requires both experience and information.
Kids try to jam all their life in before the age of 30, leaving few thrills left to look forward to, so help them develop a perspective of their life span.
Sit down with them and open up a paper grocery bag and draw a line from side to side. Divide the line into thirds.
Describe the first thirty years as the time to devote to building themselves. Time to get an education, develop job skills and have fun.
The next thirty are for building careers and families and the final thirty, to harvest rewards and give back.
Draw another line and ask them how see their time line. Have them describe their dreams and goals.
Their ideas will change as they move through their lives, so keep the bag and revisit it from time to time.
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