Motivating Teenagers

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 08:50 AM.

If you will just send me $29.99 or maybe even $79.99 or maybe three equal installments of $33.33, we will tell you how to fix your problem. There are folks on the radio and television hawking all kinds of solutions to the problems parents face every day. Whether it’s math, music or motivation, there is someone with a program that will “fix” your child’s problems.

I’m not saying that all of these programs are bad or useless… I’m just saying they are out there.  And many times, it’s the parents’ problems.

Looking at a calendar, I see that I have a little more than three years left of teenagers…  I’ve been lucky thus far, in my opinion.  About the only issue that I have is the one who sleeps on the sofa all afternoon and stays up late to work on “his music.”

Homework and yard work have to fall into that equation somewhere.  He sometimes has a hard time understanding some of these real-world equations and prioritizing his time.  I would be lying if I said I never had some of those same issues – I did.

My Daddy explained most things pretty well to me and he didn’t send his money off to some motivation guru to get help.  Daddy simply told me the way it was going to be, and that’s the way it was.

As a parent, I’m pretty good at telling my children “the way it is going to be,” however I sometimes fail on the following through part of it.  Admittedly, that is the most difficult part – following through.  It’s the part that is no fun at all…

We live in a time when it seems like many others do the same thing…  They tell you one thing and later pretend like they didn’t say it.  In other words, they move the goal posts on you or even pretend the goal posts weren’t there.

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