The great thing about responsibility is it is never too late to begin teaching your child. If you feel as though your children feel entitled and are spoiled, the month of June is a great month to set things straight. Below are few suggestions that can help.
- Assign chores and follow through with the consequences of your child not doing them. They don't have to like doing them, or like you, but they do have to do them and respect you.
- Limit the social media, computer games, and phones. If your child spends two hours on the internet, make sure they are spending three with the family. The virtual world is more influential if the family world is less engaged.
- This summer insist your child get a job. Working for extra credit for a teacher or project is a wonderful summer job. So is working at a coffee shop or doing dishes at home. The job type isn't as important as the concept of working for someone. Volunteer work is an excellent idea as well, but make sure your child is accountable for their hours there.
- Never do for your child what they can do for themselves. This is a golden rule. Kids who grow up with supportive parents who believe their children need to learn how to cope with defeat have an advantage over kids who grow up believing the world will cater to them because of the magnificent person they are.
When I see kids who have been enabled or entitled I pity them. They will have a rude awakening when they find out the real world doesn't care about who their parents were or where they live. You succeed when you are accountable for your actions and don't make excuses for why you missed the deadline. The boat/car, bus or train leaves on its time, not yours. This is a wonderful lesson to teach your kids in June. Happy Father's Day to all of my dads, and have a wonderful month of June! -Mary Jo Rapini
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