In today’s culture there are three things every parent must do.
If parents begin implementing strategies to improve in these three areas, it is possible to begin seeing improvements within your home.
Parents Must Address Basic Manners
Since working with troubled teens at Shepherds Hill Academy, I have been able to see the important role that basic manners play.
Please, Thank You, Excuse Me, Sir, Ma’am, and many other terms all have a subconscious effect on our kids. It brings a recognition of the importance of someone other than themselves.
In a day when kids are eaten up with an overwhelming sense of entitlement, teaching our kids manners from an early age will do much to make your parenting experience a better one.
Parents Must Teach Delayed Gratification
While shopping with your family, has your child, or teen, ever asked you for an item that he just couldn’t leave the store without?
He needed it now, that day, or else his “social life” would be over.
Before immediately buying it to keep the peace; or just giving him a flat out “no” – challenge your teen by asking him how important having that particular item today, actually is.
You could also require him to do some extra menial tasks around the house to earn the money to purchase the sneakers.
By incorporating this practice you are teaching him the wisdom and self discipline of delayed gratification.
Parents Must Incorporate Traditional Discipline
Proverbs 22-15 states:
“Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.”
Unfortunately, permissiveness seems to be the new rule of the day when it comes to parenting.
It is interesting that traditional discipline is acceptable from coaches, leaders, trainers, and even teachers. In fact, society permits and even expects them to enforce traditional discipline to help our teens succeed.
So, why are parents looked down upon when applying traditional discipline to train their child on facing life’s lessons?
Conversation Starter: What are some other tips in setting limits that help curb entitlement?
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