Help Your 18 Year Old Adjust to Adulthood
As an 18-year-old, you may be wondering what to do about the changes that come along with growing up. You may also be feeling pressured to leave home, but that should not be your only concern. You can help your 18-year-old adjust to adulthood and become independent by offering your love and support. There are many resources available for your 18-year-old, and there are a few things that you can do right now to help them get started.
Boys turning 18 must register with the Selective Service. This process takes 30 days, and not registering can land them in hot water. Failure to register is a federal offense, punishable with up to $250,000 and five years in prison. The process for girls is different. If you want to be legally married, you must register with the Selective Service system. Even if you aren’t planning on getting married or participating in the military, you should register with the Selective Service System.
You also have many new rights and responsibilities when you turn eighteen. If you’re a legal adult, you can vote and buy alcohol. To save money, you can work in a grocery store. In most European countries, you can drink alcohol. You can also drive a vehicle in Canada. You must be cautious if you are under 21 years of age. You should also make sure that the driver is an adult.
As your child grows up, you might feel grief. But don’t let your own sadness linger in your child. As your 18-year old becomes an adult, don’t forget to show your support and happiness. Do not think your job as parent is done. As an 18-year old, you still have to be a parent and provide support for your child.
It’s important to establish rules for your 18-year old to help them be responsible and independent. Respecting your wishes will ensure that they aren’t as disruptive as they might otherwise be. Teens should also be respectful of your home and don’t yell at your children or your roommates. Likewise, they shouldn’t force you to invite guests. It’s not appropriate for you to yell at your 18-year-old.
Your 18-year old should be able to define “intimate” contact when it comes to physical contact. It’s not recommended to kiss a 17 year old as soon as you meet. If you have sex with someone younger than 18, you could be breaking the law.
Moreover, your age difference is not an excuse for not knowing your partner’s age. There are laws to protect 18 year-olds from being involved with 17-year-olds. There are exceptions to the age-related intimacy laws. This protection will not apply if the contact was not consented to. To avoid any unwelcome surprises, you should ensure that you check the laws in your state.