Ds, 16, is probably going on a summer exchange. He signed up, not expecting to get in, and he did. I say "probably" because he is getting cold feet. It is a language exchange, he knows very little French and is quite worried! He is also exhausted from his year at school, and feeling like he wants to spend the summer sleeping in and playing video games. Can't say I blame him.
In any event, I do want him to go. I think he will learn some French, travel, see another part of Canada, meet different people - all sorts of good things. Oh, and there is a work component to it - so he will earn some money.
I don't want to insist he goes or mommy-pressure him into going if that makes sense.
As someone who had difficulty finding work as a teen (and into my twenties - there was a big economic recession when I was in my teens and twenties) I cannot help but think he is passing up a great opportunity that does not always come ones way. It even hints a little at entitlement who wants to stay home and do very little versus a work/language exchange????
In any event, even if there is entitlement - what can I do about it? It is his call whether to go or not. Ugh!
Clearly, this is a vent - but if anyone has a btdt, I am all ears.