Tis the season to plan your kids’ summer vacation time, whether that includes academic or sports camps, work, travel or simply unstructured time on their own. But before you get knee-deep in scheduling who goes where, a new article posted in The Greater Good offers powerful insight into what experiences have the potential to impact teens the most.
In the piece called “How to Help Teens Find Purpose,” writer Patrick Cook-Deegan talks about the potential for experiences to transform teens and provide a sense of purpose in their lives. After years of interviews, Cook-Deegan says some common ways that people discover purpose include:
- Traveling abroad
- Spending extended time in the natural world
- Getting involved in a meaningful social change project
- Establishing a contemplative practice
“If young people are exposed from 15-19 years olds to events to seek purpose, they will increasingly seek them out on their own until the end of their adolescence, giving them a higher likelihood of discovering their own sense of purpose.”
And how about this to inspire your summer choices? “Young people do not usually develop a specific purpose and then go become an expert in that thing. Rather, they are exposed to something new that helps them develop their own sense of purpose. In short, in most cases experiences lead to developing purpose, not the other way around.”
Read the full article here.