These days, instant gratification is simply a part of life. This fast-paced environment certainly makes some things more convenient, but finding success in many areas of life still demands the virtues of patience and personal responsibility.
Kids can learn about responsibility and patience in unique and meaningful ways when they work hard and save in order to make expensive purchases. Remember, parking that brand new car in the driveway for your teen’s sweet 16 can reinforce the narrative that they can get whatever they want, whenever they want, on someone else’s dime.
How Kids Can Learn About Responsibility When They Purchase Their First Car
You won’t find any Scripture verses that directly address the topic I want to talk about today. But as I consider some of principles found in the Bible as a whole, I think the advice I have for you today lines up pretty well. I believe that parents should be more reluctant to buy their children their first vehicles, not to mention pay for their children’s car insurance, vehicle maintenance, and gasoline.
This can be an error even if you have plenty of money to pay for it all. Why? Well, are your teens known for their maturity and ability to accept responsibility? Do they maintain a surprisingly thankful attitude with no trace of feelings of entitlement? If the answer is no, then giving your kids the opportunity to save money and work diligently and patiently to purchase their first cars on their own will be a great learning process. And expecting your kids to keep those cars insured and running will be a great chance for them to exercise personal responsibility as well. In the end, your kids will benefit from seeing how hard work and responsibility can result in tangible positive results.
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