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How do I talk to my teen about the future?

Trying to figure out what your teen wants to do with his future can be a daunting challenge. However, starting early and having regular conversations about it can make the task a lot easier. Start talking to your child about their future as early as when they begin secondary school.
 
Here's How:
If your teen starts to display an interest in a particular career, you should do some research on the subject. This way you can give your teen some information on college courses and related careers.Help your teen weigh the pros and cons for each different career interest. Encourage your teen to narrow down his choices as he can always change his mind later.
Find out which pathyour teen would have to take in order to reach his career goal. There may be certain subjects he needs to choose for leaving cert or perhaps he could spend a week doing some work experience in his desired field?  The final decision lies with your teenager, but you do have the right to offer advice and have an input.
 
Tips:
Try not to push your child into a given career.  While you may need to encourage him, you ultimately want to guide him towards his future and not the one you want for him.
Whenever you talk to your teen about his future, you will then need to give him some time to be able to digest and consider the information. Try not to ask too many questions while he is doing this, but rather wait until he is ready to talk about it and leave it at that. 

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Many teens can only see as far as the weekend and find it difficult to comprehend how their present affects their future. 
 
Trying to figure out what your teen wants to do with his future can be a daunting challenge. Read our tips about how to broach the topic with your teen.

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