Motivating Teenagers

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

My Daddy told me what to do, I trusted him – I did it.  I did it because I wanted to make him happy, proud and continue living “under his roof.”

The third hint tells you what to do if the second hint doesn’t work.  The experts note to use “nonverbal” communication such as pointing at your watch, smiling or giving them up a hug.

This is one hint my Daddy would agree with them on. As a matter of fact, I think he might just skip hint number 2 and go straight to this nonverbal communication part.  Oh goodness gracious – he wouldn’t have said a word.  Daddy didn’t have to do this, but there was no doubt he would have picked up a stick or a belt or used some other sort of “nonverbal communication.”

Hint 4 gives advice on what to do when your teenager does what you have asked them to do.  You are supposed to say, “Thank you for keeping our agreement.”  I think saying “thank you” is always good.

All I know is that I wanted to please my Daddy - that was my goal in life.  Somewhere in that “fear equation,” Daddy made that happen.  That’s what good fathers do.

I was thinking about this just the other day and how proud my Daddy would have been.   I moved all of the cars out of the driveway except for my teenaged son’s vehicle.  I left it at the bottom of the driveway next to the house.

When the fellow in the mulch truck arrived with the big load of hardwood mulch to be spread in the beds around the house, I had him dump it right in the middle of the driveway.

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