You may be wondering what a teen milestone is. It’s just like all those milestones we looked for and encouraged when our children were babies and toddlers, except now they are fun things like setting and seeing a goal through, connecting with role models, and the one I’m going to talk about today — setting work habits. So kinda like rolling over and sleeping through the night… right??
This post is made possible with support from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, part of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All opinions are my own.
The Center for Parent and Teen Communication says that setting work habits is a teen milestone, and after reading just the title I was thinking my teen is nowhere near close to hitting this one yet, but then I kept reading.
“A strong work ethic may take time to develop….” Um, yeah. That’s definitely still in development over here.
“And while parents can help teens focus on the long-term benefits of hard work and putting in the extra effort, sometimes establishing smaller habits may help young people build work skills that can last a lifetime.”
Okay! This, we can do, and we have done a little bit. I would say my teen is working his way through this milestone. His work habits still need, well, work, but he’s mastered a few of the smaller steps, like writing down homework assignments daily. I feel like even getting into a routine of keeping his backpack in the same spot at home and keeping track of his laptop counts for this, don’t you?
For the sake of talking about parenting teens more, I’d love to hear where your teen is at with this milestone (and what their age/grade is if you feel comfortable sharing). Because I feel like this one is going to take quite a bit of time to master over here, like maybe the next 5 years.
Have you had a chance to check out the full list of teen milestones yet? Any others you think your teen has mastered? Any they are struggling with?
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