The teenage years are often the most turbulent for parents. Teenage pregnancy, weed smoking, drug use, knife use, alcohol fuelled parties, bullying and gansterism is rife among teenagers.
All hope isn't lost. As parents, we have primary responsibility in preparing our children for life's many challenges.
WHAT PARENTS DO WRONG
You Can Over-function:
You do everything for your child, from making their beds, to washing their dishes and clothes and then expect the clueless child to grow up taking responsibility and contributing positively. They blame the pampered child for being lazy!
You expect too much from a child you haven't trained. You frustrate them and make them feel incompetent.
WHAT PARENTS CAN DO RIGHT
Be A Role Model
I bought a bread maker a few weeks before Christmas 2013. I learnt to bake homemade bread. And I taught my eleven year old son and my thirteen year old daughter. They now bake bread unsupervised. We haven't bought a loaf of bread since I got the bread maker.
If you don't know how to...learn together. Children are great teachers!
Be the example you expect. If you're dependent on alcohol, get clean!!!
Teach your children to share the work load at home from a young age. Washing dishes, sweeping and cleaning the house, cooking and emptying the washing machine etc are chores your kids must do on a regular basis. Wake up! Your home isn't a passageway!
Develop Their Talent
Mete Out Discipline:
If you think bringing up children is as easy as easing bread and butter pudding, think again. From the beginning, set clear rules and boundaries. Rules must have consequences and rewards. You must be consistent in dishing out praises/gifts for good behaviour as well out meting out punishment for bad behaviour.
This is where modern day parenting falls abysmally short. Disciplining your child is as important as rewarding their good deeds. Be strong!
When your job is done, your children will appreciate the tools you've provided them with to lead them in a lifetime of natural and spiritual success. When your children grow up, they'll not thank you for allowing them get away with wrong doing in their childhood.
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