Why don't teenagers?
How can I stop my 15 year old from being
so lazy? For instance, one of his weekly
jobs is to take out the trash on trash
day. He will pull out the trash bag from
the can and not pick-up from the floor,
anything that may have fallen out, such
as a tissue. This happens every week. Also,
he knows he is supposed to replace the
bags that he removes. He will do this in
most, but not all of the trash cans. This
happens nearly every week, too. In nearly
every job he is asked to do, he works like
this. We are not neat freaks, by any means.
Life is about incentives. Either he feels
his efforts are not appreciated, or he
already gets all he needs. Tie your needs
with his. You need a reasonable job with
the garbage; he needs thanks, money, whatever.
It's a contract. Either you and he deliver,
or neither does. Discuss it with him, be
sure he understands. Be sure you do.
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