This year is ending and a new one is days away. As the time gets nearer, we all are beginning to think about and jot down those dreaded New Year’s resolutions. These are generally very selfish things such as lose weight, improve diet, workout more, learn a new hobby, learn a new language, or travel more. In each of these scenarios, we are the beneficiaries, and others simply get the residual. This year, however, parents should consider resolutions for their children and not themselves.
As parents, we are obligated to ensure that we leave them an inheritance and a legacy for their children and future generations. Parents often consider the financial aspect of the “inheritance,” and yet forget about enabling their children to provide for themselves. There are three things that will help children succeed, regardless of the finances.
1. Grammar:It seems like such a simple thing, however, many of our youth today do not know how important it is to be able to speak correctly to adults. This simple tool will help them get scholarships, grants, internships, jobs, and a career. If parents model and encourage the usage of proper English, their children learn what they should do. They also learn that slang should be reserved for certain environments and times, but it is inappropriate for a professional setting.
2. Appearance:It really is all about simple changes that make all the difference. First impressions last the longest…especially when trying to get a job. Considering today’s economic climate, millions of people are clamoring for thousands of jobs. It is important for our youth, who are the future, to make a great and lasting impression on potential employers. Parents, who are their first teachers, have a responsibility (regardless of how independent they are) to encourage them to dress appropriately when asking for an application or interviewing.
- For young men, slacks, a nice shirt (polo or button up) and nice dress shoes, all say a lot.
- For young women, pants or a skirt that goes beneath the knee, with a nice relaxed (not skin tight) fitted shirt, and closed toed shoes are the most appropriate. (Future employers do not need to know every detail about a woman’s dimensions because of their outfit).
- One hidden secret that many teens and young adults do not know today is that IRONING goes a long way as well. This is not to say that creases are necessary, but looking as if some time was put into the outfit is important to a potential employer.
3. Integrity:This simple, yet complex word is defined byMerriam-Webster Dictionary as firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values. Given today’s economic climate, it is easier to disregard integrity in order to gain something in life. Millions are clamoring for thousands of jobs and careers. Although it may seem easier to get the job based on lies and deception, but if a manager discovers the employee lied and terminates them for it, then the consequences are worse than the position is worth. Future employers may not hire someone who has shown a lack of integrity.
Growing up today is different than it was in the 60s, 70s, or even the 80s. Things that were once valued are taken for granted. A sense of patience has been replaced with a sense of entitlement. Youth have not changed, but technology and parents have. It is our responsibility as the primary teachers of our future to prepare them properly for the world that lies ahead of them. Some things will come quickly; others come with time and patience. Regardless, first impressions last forever and why not help those first impressions demonstrate a spectacular appearance, a grasp of proper grammar, and a sense of integrity as they take a hold of their lives.
As they transition into adulthood, empower them with these tools so that they can be more successful than you are and fulfill all their dreams.
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