Life is full of trials and anyone who thinks that things should be easy all the time probably doesn’t have much life experience. Teens can learn life lessons through trials and develop characteristics that translate into better coping skills, a more mature attitude and an increase in empathy for others. It may be hard to see your teenager experience trials, but knowing they can learn some valuable life lessons may make it easier for both of you.
Remember, teens don’t have much life experience, and when they encounter struggles and trials they look to parents and other leaders on how to handle them. Dealing with failure and trials is difficult, but valuable for everyone, including teens. Here are some of the life lessons that your teen might be able to learn through their trials.
When teens experience a challenge, they often have to dig deep and see what they are made of. Stamina, fortitude, and problem solving skills are all honed when facing challenges large and small. Teens learn how to cope to get through challenges and examine themselves more deeply.
Recover from Failure
Everyone needs to fail sometimes, because they often learn more from the failure than the success. The harder it is to achieve something, the better it will feel to reach the goal. Setting and achieving goals is a skill that should be developed to be a successful member of society.
Teens will be able to relate to others as they also face failure, creating empathy.
Happiness, sadness, disappointment, joy, worry, fear, love and passion–emotions are a key part of the human experience. When teens face trials, they will experience a range of emotions. Proper expression of these emotions, as well as tactics to push through negative emotions, are all important life lessons to learn.
Thinking About Others
Teens are often self-centered and may not develop much compassion for others without trials that help them understand how hardships shape others. When teens also realize they need a support system they can rely on to help them through difficult times, they are more likely to cultivate good relationships with friends and family whom they can really count on.
Sometimes, trials happen in life through no fault of the teen, and this makes it difficult to move on without forgiving themselves or others. Understanding that everyone makes mistakes and sometimes deserve to be forgiven. When teens learn that holding grudges and dwelling in the past is ultimately harmful, they will be more likely to move past it and live life to the fullest.
So, when your teen experiences a trial or challenge that threatens to upset their current way of thinking and acting, you can help them learn some valuable life lessons and emerge a better, stronger person at the end of it. When your teen is armed with coping skills and a more mature attitude, they’ll be better able to weather the storms of life.
Do you have an example of how trials can help teens learn a life lesson?