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4 ways you can help ease the pressure high school students feel

A child born today in Canada has a life expectancy of 80 years or more. Other developed countries’ life expectancy rates are similar. And, I think most of us have family members or friends who have gone on to have rich lives into their 90s. In light of this, I have a simple question for most kids (and their parents): “What’s the rush?” Why is there such a sense of urgency for children to decide what they want to do for the rest of their, hopefully, long lives? Consider being in the shoes of a 17-year-old kid when an adult asks them what they are going to do with their life? Or, in other words, what they want to do for the next 70 years? As an adult, how would you respond if someone asked you today if you had the next several decades of your life all mapped out? In fact, early retirement for many who are considered “seniors” is not as sought after today as compared to decades ago when physical labour was often the primary means of employment. Kids today, to a great extent (and certainly this is the case at Trinity College School (TCS) ), are encouraged to explore their passions when considering future employment. As such, they have more of an opportunity to enjoy what they are doing until they are 80 years old.

November 18, 2019 Parenting

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