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The Secret to Raising a Perfect Teen

Wed, Aug. 24, 2016 Posted: 02:01 PM

The secret to imparting character into your child may be right under your nose: chores. Chores are crucial. In fact, it is so crucial it may be the secret to raising a perfect teen.

Chores play an important role in your child’s success. However, many parents miss this. Instead, they dread asking their teens to do things around the house. Unfortunately some parents, as well as their children, consider many of these tasks to be “beneath them” or drudgery.

Rather than thinking of chores as drudgery, wouldn’t it benefit our children to see these tasks as preparation for the real world?

Cleaning windows, scrubbing soap scum from around sinks and faucets, and cleaning toilets are all jobs that require a degree of drudgery. According to Oswald Chambers: “Drudgery is the touchstone of character.”

Build character and responsibility in your teen by requiring them to do chores around the house. Don’t be afraid of these routine tasks.

Conversation Starter: Share your experience with teaching your children responsibilities by having them do chores in the home.

Trace Embry is the Founder and Director of Shepherds Hill Academy, a Christ-centered therapeutic residential program, as well as a private accredited boarding school for troubled teenagers. He is the Host of the "License to Parent with Trace Embry Radio Program." He is also a public speaker, and teaches parenting classes. Visit his parenting blog at “Insight for Today's Culture with Trace Embry."

Trace Embry