You probably have heard of the saying that “no good deed goes unpunished.” It’s easy to feel the target of that specific saying when you are a parent and are struggling to get your kids ready to face the challenges of the world. Of course, we all understand what it means to teach our kids various skills they will need. However, it is quite interesting to see how many adults only understand the positive lessons their parents taught them quite a bit later. Sometimes they hated it every step of the way and then later appreciated the lesson once they gained a little maturity.
All parents know deep down they have the awesome responsibility of being a good example for their children. Once the kids start getting older, we do get a little breather. However, we all know there’s no way of getting out of it completely because children rarely miss anything.
Depending on their situation, this can make things hard for some parents. Irrespective of the faults and shortcomings we have, we still want our kids to have the best. Even though we have our misgivings, that does not mean we want our children to have them or engage in them, whatever those behaviors happen to be. If it’s a feasible idea, you could get your children to sit down and listen to your explanations.
One of the hardest things occurs when teenagers feel like they can criticize their parents in their presence. When this begins to happen the first few times, most parents would not be happy about it. Obviously, the topic and how it was presented might matter. However, you have to understand that teens by nature are always pulling away from their parents. Besides, teenagers will always want to think that their opinion is the most important thing, when it really is not.
In other articles, we have tackled the importance of encouraging teens to get summer jobs as a way to gain experience and learn some vital lessons. Managing money and being responsible are the two lessons that need to be learned here. You have to sit your child down and make sure they are prepared to have the conversation about the topic. Ask how they feel about saving money and make sure you really listen to them. This is a great chance for them to make some of their own decisions regarding money and then letting them deal with the consequences. If they spend all their money, don’t give them anything so they understand what the consequences of their decision is. Parenting at home can be beneficial, especially when dealing with certain types of experiences. Letting the decide alone on money management issues, for example. They’ll still be quite safe, even if they spend every last penny. Spending all their money will make them realize how frustrating it is not to be able to do something because they don’t have a dim.