Secrets to Raising Independent and Responsible Children
My daughter Arissa is in high school now and there’s a big trip to Italy in March 2021. She hasn’t made up her mind whether she wants to go or not, but I’d like her to. The trip is 10 days and costs $4400 (all inclusive) and thankfully payment plans are available.
One day as we drove home, she said, “Mom, you know the cost of the trip is unaffordable to some people, but I think if one really wants to go on this trip they can find a way to save the money.”
“Hmmm, I guess” I replied as I looked at the road ahead.
“Well, there’s fundraising, and our class did that in Grade 8 so we could go to Montreal; then there’s working a job in the summer or babysitting or garage sales or silent auctions. So there are ways, aren’t there?” She asked.
“Arissa, I’m impressed that you are thinking of ways to achieve a desire. Yes, you’re right, there are ways to achieve that goal rather than saying ‘I can’t afford it’,” I replied.
Arissa replies cheekily and with a little sarcasm, “I’ve been taught this since I was like one-year old!”
Here are 1-minute strategies (audio recordings) on helping children and teens become more responsible and independent: