Friday, November 22, 2013

Less Stress This Weekend before Thanksgiving

If you’re a parent, this weekend before the big Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to enlist the aid of your children. One of my mentors and trainers, Hal Runkel, shared this quote:
"It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower, or vacuum cleaner."
-Ben Bergor, U.S. magician (1894-1981) 
Hal goes on to share, “Isn't it amazing that kids can create power point presentations about their Christmas lists and figure out how to fix your iPod without even blinking, yet they will spend a full 15 minutes complaining about how hard it is to vacuum the living room?”

Hal recommends giving equal parts of freedom and responsibility to your children.  He says, “If they are given too much freedom without responsibility, they become spoiled. If given too much responsibility without freedom, they are rebels waiting to happen.”
Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to engage your children in responsibility and play with this sliding scale concept.

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