As our children grow into the productive adults we hope they will be, they live a life of ease for the most part. Sure. They have their own stresses with school, homework, boy/girlfriends, and maintaining their social status, but they don’t have the responsibility of paying the bills, providing food, clothing, and shelter.
They also escape the pressure to keep a job and continue to improve in that job so that you can attain better pay. The rat race eludes them. Below are a few suggestions that may not only make them much more appreciative of what you provide for them on a daily basis but enable them to accomplish the same on their own.
Teach the History
Having to take care of yourself and your family is not a new concept. This idea is even addressed in Biblical history. In the KJV of the Bible, 2 Thessalonians 3:10 puts it this way, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
We did not always get a fat paycheck that turned into money, but adults and children, alike, most of the time had to work together to make sure they had what they needed to live. For example, they might raise chickens and sheep. Then they would be able to trade eggs and wool for other items.
Teach your children about the history of working for what they need to survive. Take a tour of ancient civilizations and show them how much more difficult it was back then to make a living. It may relieve them to know that the average workday no longer extends from sunup to sundown.
Take Your Kid to Work With You
At least four or five days a week, you head off to work and go about your daily routine and probably don’t consider what an example just seeing you do your job might be to your child. Children tend to have an out of sight out of mind mentality.
So, when you go to work and come home too tired to play a game, they genuinely don’t understand why. For decades now, several companies host a yearly “take your kid to work” day. The next is April 26, 2018. There are several schools that assign a job shadowing day to their older students, as well.
Make sure to take advantage of those times and take your son or daughter to work with you. Allow them to see the time and effort that goes into making sure they have an operational cell phone each month or Senior pictures.
Give Them Responsibility at Home
There are several opinions on how much responsibility a child should have growing up. However, it is important to point out here that children have been pulling their weight in the family business for centuries. That is until we reached the latter half of the 20th century. As time continues to progress, it seems that children are given more and more leeway to “be a kid.”
With that said, there have been some extremely detrimental side effects to relieving our young people of responsibilities that prepare them to live on their own. Take the opportunity to instill a work ethic in your children by assigning them tasks that only they are responsible for around the house.
This is not by any means permission to make slaves of your kids, but as countless fathers across the world have said, a little hard work never killed anyone. If they should “forget” to do their part or do it poorly, make sure there is a consequence to fit the discrepancy. You would receive discipline of some sort for the same thing on your job.
Children are precious and we want the best for them. Making sure they have the best requires a little work on our part. Follow these tips for making sure they are ready for the job world.
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