Long ago, teens knew how to split wood, shoot their own dinners, fish, and plow the back forty. While today’s environment doesn’t require them to know any of this anymore, there are certain skills that fathers should make a point to teach to their teens.
Helping around the Home
There are many teens today who have a sense of entitlement; who feel that everyone owes them something and that they don’t have to lift a finger to do anything. These same teens are really going to struggle when they get out into the real world and don’t know how to take care of themselves. Teach your children to do their share, to respect family members, and to tackle tasks without being told to. They will develop a strong work ethic and an ability to take care of themselves and their homes when they are older.
Getting a Job
A father can have a huge influence on his children when it comes to getting and keeping a part-time job. He can teach his offspring how to apply, write a resume’, and how to conduct oneself during an interview. After a teen has been hired, he can be very instrumental in helping that teen develop a strong work ethic and a good attitude toward working in general.
A father should always teach his teens how to drive a car. Teens who reside in cities such as New York do not necessarily need to know how to drive, but almost everyone else in the rest of the country does. He can teach them himself or he can enroll them in a driver’s education course. Whatever the choice, he still needs to spend time with them behind the wheel and help them with the basics.
Taking Care of a Vehicle
If a teen is mature enough to drive, they should always be mature enough to take care of a vehicle. Teenagers should know how to check oil, put air in the tires, and keep a car clean both inside and out. They should also know how to respond if the check engine light comes on, if the vehicle is out of coolant, and what to do if they are stranded on the highway.
In today’s society, it is sometimes necessary to teach your teenagers to defend themselves. In some environments, this may just be a verbal exercise where teens learn how to be assertive rather than aggressive. In other cases, it may be beneficial for teens to learn how to handle weapons to only use in the case of an extreme emergency. Fathers should teach their children that this item is not a toy and its use is to be never taken lightly. They should take their teens to the Phelan Gun Range for practice and pointers on how to aim and shoot effectively.
You may find it difficult to watch your child grow up and approach adulthood but know that you’ve have assisted them immensely in the process. If they have all of the preceding skills, they are well equipped to take care of themselves as they approach adulthood.
About the Author:
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Twitter: @LizzieWeakley Facebook: facebook.com/lizzie.weakley