As parents, we spend a lot of time learning, planning and thinking about the newborn and toddler years, but what about the second decade… when our kids are in their teens to early 20’s? Dr. Eugene Helveston, Author, The Second Decade: Raising Kids to be Happy, Self-Sufficient Adults through W-O-R-K, shares his thoughts on doing it right!
• The Second Decade: Raising Kids to be Happy, Self-Sufficient Adults Through Work looks at how to make sure your kids are happy, self-sufficient adults. And, author Dr. Helveston says it’s to put them to work!
• After years of thoughtful observation and research, he has concluded the best way to instill self-esteem, responsibility and maturity in teens is to have them work a job outside of the home, well before the age of twenty.
• It used to be the norm! However, over the years, there has been a significant change in how parents are told to raise their kids. No longer are teens encouraged to work while attending school. Instead, the main focus has been on making sure kids perform well on standardized tests, excel at sports or some other extracurricular activity, and have a full social calendar.
• What has been lost by this shift are the undeniable, long-term benefits that come from working at a meaningful job: increased self-confidence, punctuality, accuracy and better life and social skills. Basically, the skills that are needed to become a happy, self-sufficient adult
• In The Second Decade, Dr. Helveston offers a game plan on how to navigate two of the most important challenges facing youth: gaining academic skills through formal education and acquiring practical skills learned by working at a job outside of the home. He also includes information on basic life skills, parenting styles, mentoring, types of high schools and colleges, IQ and standardized test scores, plus options for life beyond high school
• The Second Decade: Raising Kids to be Happy, Self-Sufficient Adults through Work by Eugene M. Helveston, MD, Original edition. 6×9, 242 pages. ISBN: 978-0-9972230-0-2. Publication: 2016. Available in local bookstores, select libraries and on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com.
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