As a well adjusted adult I’m fully able to look back on my childhood and be completely content with the memories I’ve stored up. My days as a child were filled with enough love and happiness to fill several lifetimes. I had a wonderful family that loved me, friends I could count on and an endless world of possibilities at my disposal. Wishing I could go back and relive my childhood is something I wish for often but sadly, there hasn’t been an invention yet that could send us back in time. Otherwise I’d have volunteered to test it out in a heartbeat. Now that I’m a parent I do my best to help my own children live their childhood years to the fullest and always have a gentle reminder ready should they express the wish to grow up more quickly.
Of course, I had my own wishful thinking once upon a time too. There were periods of my life, especially in my later teenager years, where I fervently wished that I could be older, more mature and enjoy the freedom that adults seemed to have such an abundance of. My family, my Mom is particular, always tried to discourage these thoughts and often told me that adulthood wasn’t all it was cracked up to be but I was determined that the grass was greener on the other side. Adulthood, I knew, would be everything I dreamed of and more. Except, now that I’m an adult, it really isn’t. Oh, how I long to go back to the days of my childhood when the only stress I knew was choosing what to have for lunch out of the lunch line at school.
These days kids are in more of a hurry than ever to grow up. Much like when I was a child, they seem to be in such a hurry to grow up and gain the freedom they so crave. Little do they know that being an adult isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that in order to become a fully functional adult who is well adapted and happy, there are certain skills one must learn by the time they turn 18 and become legal adults.
100 Things to Know Before You Grow Up is a book brought to readers by National Geographic Kids. At National Geographic Kids they know it’s fun to enjoy the days of your childhood but they also wonder if kids are ready to take the next step into adulthood. Despite what you might think, becoming an adult isn’t all just fun and games. 100 Things to Know Before You Grow Up is full of challenges that will put your child to the test and challenge them to find out if they’re truly ready for what comes next in life. It’s jam packed with tips, tricks and skills that every kid should master before they turn 18.
100 Things to Know Before You Grow Up is the ultimate guide to becoming a fun-loving, well-rounded and totally competent and confident young adult. It comes complete with expert advice from real life explorers, adventurers and masters of their craft, so your young adult can start to prepare themselves for the years ahead.
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