Kids Education – Training Children to Work
Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Simpler Times
My wife and I reminisced about life when we were kids. Times were simpler. Things weren’t perfect, but life was less hectic.
Of an evening, my friends and I sat on the curb in front of our local candy store and mixed peanuts with cola and drank the concoction. Nothing tasted better than peanuts and cola. Well…maybe cream puffs were better, (ours were real cream), and hot pecan pie with ice cream was better, but as an affordable treat for kids…nothing beat peanuts and cola.
Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Expected to Work for Extras
I remember collecting pop bottles and other money making projects. I was delighted when the price of bottles jumped to three cents. I bought five cinnamon bears for a penny. Snickers candy bars were a nickel. Penny candy cost one penny.
Most of us weren’t given allowances; we were expected to work. We mowed lawns, hauled garbage, carried groceries, worked on farms, collected bottles, hoed gardens, painted fences and houses, baby sat, cleaned houses, and any other job that paid money. Chores around the house weren’t paid events; we were expected to help. It was our duty. We were busy and happy for the most part.
Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Jobs were Available
By the time I was fourteen I worked for a butcher, a farmer, and a grocery store owner. I saved enough money to buy a beat up Scooter. When I was fifteen I worked on a pipeline construction crew. When I was sixteen I roughnecked on an oil drilling rig and bought my first car. Work wasn’t a four letter word; it was the means to an end…prosperity.
By the time my friends and I graduated high school we pretty much knew what we wanted to do. Most of my friends worked their way through college. I chose the oil field; it was a decision I never regretted. The opportunity to work when I was younger prepared me for an adult world. I was ready to work.
Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Opportunities Not Available
I feel sorry for most kids today. Many never get the opportunity to learn work skills before they’re eighteen. Labor laws and insurance premiums make it almost impossible for boys and girls under eighteen to find employment. Many are unprepared for the work force. Schools can’t fully prepare a child for the work force. Only work can prepare a person for the work force.
Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Working with Pre-Schoolers.
Most pre-school children love to help. Let them. Washing dishes, vacuuming, making the bed, and picking up toys can be a time of bonding between a parent and child if the parent makes the chores fun. Laugh and joke. Show them that work can be enjoyed. They will want to help if their parent makes them feel appreciated. The chores may take a little more time, but the dividends are worth it.
Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Older Children
When children get older, parents can help their children by giving them chores and paying them a little stipend. It will help them learn the value of work. Don’t pay for the job until the chore is completed. Teach them that there is reward in a job well done.
Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Conclusion
Teaching children to work is one of the greatest lessons parents can give to their children. It will prepare them for the future.
Copyright 2010 J-me