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Developing Responsibility and Good Work Habits

Written By: Reb Bradley  |  Posted: Monday, March 5th, 2012

            As most people make the transition from adolescence to adulthood, they discover that adulthood brings with it tremendous responsibilities.  Many are unprepared for the demands of adult life, and never seem to "get the hang of it," so they fail miserably in careers, finances, and relationships.  They were not prepared by their parents, so lack the maturity to successfully handle life.  Do you want your children to grow up without maturity like so many who struggle today?  For centuries, parents understood that growing in maturity required children to learn while young, that life is about responsibility-not gratification and pleasure.  Parents knew that the sooner children learned to be responsible, the sooner they matured.  We need to implement that same principle with our children.

            This idea is a foreign concept to many modern parents who have grown up in affluent America.  They believe that since children have only one childhood, it should be the most exciting and entertaining it can be. To them, childhood is not a preparation time for adulthood, but is a time of ease and freedom from responsibility.  Instead of teaching children to do as much as they can they encourage them in self-gratification well into their teen years.  These parents misunderstand parental nurturing and coddle their children long after they are capable of caring for themselves and serving others. To them the very suggestion that children should preoccupy themselves with learning to be responsible and not with play is offensive. If that is you, please reconsider.

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