Teen Milestone: Setting Life Goals

Of course, your preschooler set life goals: Become the first crocodile-riding dinosaur wrangler! Um. Okay, while preschoolers dream big, teens dream big, too. The difference is teen goals are possibly achievable and definitely realistic. This teen milestone plays out repeatedly before adulthood: Applying for a job and getting it, applying to college and getting accepted, or practicing basketball and making the team are all examples of how teens set life goals and reach them. This milestone is important because it sets them up for adulthood success. They learn that going for a goal means you sometimes achieve it.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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