EXPECTATIONS – Do we challenge our teens to do difficult tasks? I’m not talking about making the bed, emptying trash, or cleaning their rooms. And I’m certainly not talking about attaining the next level of their favorite video game. I’m talking about something that takes them completely out of their comfort zone–like building a new supply shed for the family; or, changing the transmission on that old car that’s become a monument in your driveway.
Many parents today deal with teens who don’t think much of themselves–largely because they don’t expect or demand much. But, history shows what teens have accomplished in the past–it’s incredible. Many parents find that it’s just easier to do things themselves–but who, then, gets cheated in the long run? If we want happier, healthier, and more self-motivated and confident offspring, we need to require more from our kids; because the real-world is raising the bar of expectations.