It's getting harder to find good, responsible employees. While a problem for employers, this provides a great opportunity for parents! If we can teach the following skills and attitudes, we can practically guarantee that our youngsters will become financially secure adults:
- The ability to complete tasks without reminders
- The desire to be proud of one's work
- Knowing how to cooperate and compromise
- The self-discipline to complete boring, tedious tasks
- Being able to creatively solve new and unique problems
- The ability to learn from one's mistakes
- Instead of saying, "Take out the trash, now!" try giving your child a deadline, "Just have the trash taken out by six o’clock."
- This deadline gives you plenty of time to think about what you will do if your child forgets or refuses to do the chore.
- Resist the urge to nag and remind.
- If your child forgets or refuses to do the chore, do it for them.
- With great empathy, provide a consequence. "This is so sad. I did your chores. How are you planning to pay me?"
- Your child can pay by doing extra chores, staying home instead of being driven somewhere they want to go, giving you a toy, etc.
Dr. Charles Fay