Teenagers have been in the news for attempting some daunting feats in the past few months. A 13-year-old became the youngest person to summit Mt. Everest. Abby Sunderland, at age 16, almost became the youngest person to sail around the world. Their activities have sparked a “how young is too young” debate.
“Taking appropriate risks can teach valuable life lessons such as self-reliance and character building. Living in a bubble-wrapped world makes for a safe, but boring existence. But where to draw the line between adventure and folly cannot be determined with the precision of a law or book on parenting. It’s a decision best left to families who know their children best.” [Source: The Starr Press (IN)]
Most teens aren’t emotionally or mentally ready to summit Mt. Everest, or sail around the world. But they may be ready to take on more responsibility than adults realize.
Posted By: Aspen Education Group