Helping Teens Understand the Value of Hard Work at Home


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This week, we’d like to talk a little bit about a new finding regarding the upcoming generation of Americans. Every generation is different and unique, but a new study shows that generations raised in the 1990-2000’s may be more focused on materialism and less on hard work than any other generation—a finding that effects families all over America. While the desire for more money, expensive belongings, and high-paying jobs has increased for teens, the desire to work hard and earn money has decreased. Recently, KSL interviewed students in Salt Lake who echoed this exact finding—that their parents pay for their belongings, so they don’t have a desire to work hard when everything is handed to them.

One trend Centurion Homes has noticed is that there is a major labor shortage among blue collar jobs. Today’s construction industry is constantly demanding more jobs, and yet there is a major labor shortage, especially among America’s youth. A hardworking American who seeks to build their skill set and constantly works hard to excel can actually make really good money in the construction industry today. To learn more about the current labor shortage, read our previous blog post here.

To combat things like the labor shortage and the overall materialistic mindset of many teenagers, parents today should consider putting more effort into helping teens understand the value of hard work. Even if you think your kids don’t have this mindset, they likely associate with kids who do—so helping them acquire a good work ethic is very important. Help them understand that working hard will make all the difference in life, and that the hours of hard work they put into a project, a chore, or into acquiring a new skill will benefit them greatly. Some of the best learning experiences for teens happen in the home, so assigning them household projects and/or chores is a good way to teach them about hard work and prepare them for when they leave your home. These projects and chores could include:

  • Learning to do their own laundry
  • Mowing and trimming the lawn
  • Weeding the garden
  • Raking/bagging leaves
  • Shoveling snow
  • Cook dinner once a week
  • Painting projects: such as basic touch-ups, learning how to paint a room, painting furniture, etc.
  • Regular cleaning in the home:
    • Vacuuming 2-3 times a week
    • Dusting family or living rooms
    • Keeping their bedrooms clean
    • Clean fridge or oven
    • Cleaning toilets
    • Washing windows
    • Mopping kitchen/bathroom floors

These items are simply suggestions—you can develop your own chores/projects that fit to your child and your family. We invite you to comment with what chores/ projects have worked well with your kids. What kinds of chores have you found are best for your teenagers? Do you provide any sort of compensation to your teens for their work? Do you agree with the findings of the aforementioned study?

As your Utah General Contractor, Centurion Homes cares deeply about Utah’s families and communities. As we work together to try to raise a generation that values hard work, we will build a stronger community and a better future for Utah.

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