Hat tip to Jessica for pointing out this NY Times article about this concept that has recently (maybe I’m late at noticing) come into vogue, “adulting:”
Rachel Ginsberg is a clinical psychologist at the NewYork-Presbyterian Youth Anxiety Center, a research and clinical program that brings together experts from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine. She is part of its Launching Emerging Adults Program aimed at teenagers and young adults.
Dr. Ginsberg works with clients on lack of emotional readiness and academic and “adulting” skills, as well as on social anxiety — issues that can become more apparent in college and can lead to students’ lives’ unraveling.
So how can a person develop these skills? Below is a list of “exposure tasks” to help students develop strategies for coping with possible challenges and “assertively get their needs met, or manage circumstances that do not go the way that they wished,” Dr. Ginsberg said.
Dr. Ginsberg goes on to list the “exposure tasks” as categories them academic challenges, emotional challenges and daily functioning challenges. I created a Google sheet (cuz that’s what we do) with this idea in mind (and please share any better ideas that you have!): Have your students calculate an “Adulting Score” by completing the checklist and counting how many of these behaviors they complete over the next week.
Here are a few reflection questions for your students to complete as they review their own checklist: