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    How to Deal with Lazy Teenagers

    By Bobby Stocks     

    For many frustrated parents, parting the Red Sea might seem more of a possibility than parting the couch from their teenagerís rear end. We have entered into an age where video game controller dexterity and cell phone dialing is about the extent of many teensí weekly physical exertion. Recent studies have shown that our country is rapidly producing a generation of kids that are overweight and unexercised. Sadly, parents are often to blame for this problem. In an effort to avoid confrontation, or the desire to make their children happy, many parents actually condition their kids to be lazy. A parentís goal should be to develop a sense of well being within their children by teaching them the importance of being diligent. Letís look at a few good ideas to help you guide your teenager into becoming a responsible, hardworking adult.

    1. Set a limit on video games and television

    Letís face it, video games and television are an indelible part of our youth culture today and teenagers are going to spend a fair amount of time pursuing each. However, by placing a specific time limit on these diversions, you can encourage your teen to spend more time developing their own creativity. Suggest different hobbies or sporting activities and be willing to participate if needed.

    2. Give them household chores

    Why should parents be the only ones take care of daily tasks at home? Assigning chores is a great way to teach individual responsibility and diligence. Instill a sense of pride by thanking or complimenting your teen when they have done a good job. Let them know the importance of what they do in relation to the family and doing their part to help out. You should also develop a system of consequences for failing to get chores completed.

    3. Spend time with your teen

    Most teenagers are too cool to hang out with their parents in public, but despite their actions, they do want mom and dadís attention. Spend time helping with homework, or maybe even taking up the same hobby. Let them know you care about whatís going on in their lives without being harsh or critical. Encourage them to express their thoughts and youíll find them less likely to hide things from you.

    4. Hire your teenager for special jobs

    Teenagers always need money and many have the insane idea that they are entitled to a certain portion of mom or dadís paycheck every week! You can counter this by offering opportunities to complete special projects around the house as a chance to earn spending money. Is there a room that needs painting? How about a garage that needs to be organized? Give specific goals and only pay when the job is done correctly.

    The biggest factor in dealing with a lazy teenager is consistency and communication. Make every effort to continually motivate your teen to have a more active lifestyle through encouragement and support. Do not, under any circumstance, reward or ignore slothful behavior. Parenting is an extremely hard job and only becomes more difficult by failing to instill diligence and developing strong character in our teens. Let your kids know that fun and pleasure come as a result of a good, honest work ethic.

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