You’ve been waiting for this day for months, maybe even years!
Your child finally got on the sports team they’ve been dreaming about and tonight’s their first game. You’re so excited that you can’t even stand it!
The game begins and the team is off to a great start. They’re scoring points and seem to be having a blast. But as the game progresses you notice that the coach seems to be a bit withdrawn. He’s not really directing the team but letting them do their own thing – and it’s not working in their favor. The team begins to fall apart and the score becomes, well, a bit embarrassing. Maybe the coach will pull it together at halftime and actually start coaching the kids again. After all, that’s what he’s there for isn’t it, to coach the team?
Parents, so very often we look like this coach. We sit on the sideline and let our kids do their own thing. While we may be there with our kids during the game of life we miss the mark on sharing valuable tools to help them with life lessons.
One way can do a better job “coaching” our teenagers is to teach them to be hard workers.
Generation Y (Millenials) and younger are known as lazy.
As I’ve talked to business owners, they don’t want to hire many of our kids because they don’t want to work. They’ll take a job for a few days and think it’s going to be a walk in the park only to find out that it’s actually hard work. In fact, many times they don’t don’t even really know how to work.
My husband and I frequent a restaurant that is stepping up to the plate. Not only do they have great food but they have awesome customer service. Their employees understand the value of hard work and actually seem to enjoy their jobs. This company has learned that training is everything. So, instead of just throwing new workers into the mix to do their own thing, they come alongside new team members and mentor them, teaching them how to be great workers and molding them for their careers to come. Now that’s what I’m talking about!
As parents, we should be mentoring our kids and training them to be hard workers. If we have a choice between raising a teenager that is a master video game player or a hard worker, which would we choose? I know which one a future employer would choose.
Whether your kid is 9 or 16 it’s never too late to begin teaching them the value of hard work. If you don’t teach your kid how to be a hard worker who’s going to teach their kids and the generations to come? Do you want to be the generation that breaks the cycle?