Share The Family History
Children who know the stories of those who came before them have higher self-esteem and a sense of control over their lives.
Give your children four choices when they become an adult.
Wiping their nose at every turn and becoming a rescuer will not prepare them for life. Teach them early on that they have to have responsibility in the household and that everyone needs to contribute. Don’t allow them to sit around and do things for them and then tell them at 18 that now is the time to get up and walk on their own. You need to lead them and give them the confidence to take those steps. You need to prepare your child how to react to failure, because this is the real world. Once you’ve done this, then they can move forward with the four choices.
I think we’ve all seen this going around Facebook and its a good reminder for all of us. Looking back on my teen years, these really were the years for us to goof off, be lazy and not have to take responsibility. Sometimes I worry that we break the spirit too early to allow our children to live and have a time in their life when they don’t always have to be on task. Thats not to say that teens shouldn’t develop good study habits and work ethic and get out from in front of the TV.
“Always we hear the cry from teenagers ‘What can we do, where can we go?’…My answer is, “Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you’ve finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again.” In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you.“
As I reread this, I think that what we really need to do is change the title to “Words for Adults” This line especially makes the case for that “..grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person”
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