There comes a time in everyones life when they must grow up. For many people, that seems like an impossibility. They take chances well into adulthood and never learn what adult responsibilities really are. For many, the actual growing up does not happen until they have their own children.
Taking on a job and paying your bills does not mean that you are a mature, responsible adult. It is the mental maturity that makes the difference, the ability to learn from experiences and what you are taught by the adults and role models in your life.
There are children who have enough mental strength early on to be treated like a small adult. They have an early understanding of the way the world works and they are willing to be accountable for their actions. They are often described as children of 14 going on 20. Their maturity shows that they have respect and will judge life from an adult point of view more than others their age.
There are many different aspects of responsibility that a person needs to learn as they grow up. How their parents treated them will have a big impact on their maturity level. It is not completely environmental, however, as every person is biologically different. There are children born with disabilities that may hinder their progress toward adulthood.
The teenager years will often predict what kind of grown person someone will turn out to be but it is not a guarantee. True maturity can come at any age. People can learn from the time they are born until the day they die. Some young people will act out and rebel for a long period of time and never understand what they are doing to ruin their own lives. They do things that will negatively impact their lives for quite a few years.
If they take their high school career seriously, it is a nice indication that they will be responsible for their actions after they graduate. Pursuing a college degree and taking this time seriously is also an indication that they have grown up. If a child attempts to move out and be on their own but fails a few times, parents should be encouraging and aim to help them learn and grow at every opportunity. Students who have good grades are showing that they are already on their way to being a true grown person.
It is important that parents encourage their children to take on adult responsibilities when they are ready. They will be pleased if they see that their child shows maturity, intelligence and productivity. A mature person reflects well on his upbringing and makes parents proud.