Teens are faced with a host of choices—from which friends they’ll spend time with to which college they’ll try to get into. How can they make sure the choice they’re making is the correct one? It should be both conscious and informed.
- Conscious choices are those your teen is aware of. Rather than simply having something happen, a conscious choice is the result of thought beforehand. Teens who make conscious choices are aware of what they’re doing. They also recognize that the choices they are making may have both positive and negative consequences.
- Informed choices are based on information and facts they have gathered in advance. Before making an informed choice, your teen will need to do some research. What options are available? What will be the result of each of those choices?
The worst choices teens make are usually those they make by default. Because they didn’t choose their courses carefully, they ended up with a class they don’t like. Worse yet, they may to go to summer school to get back on track.
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