The importance of teaching

June 27, 2007 at 3:46 am 1 comment

I have some advice for those that are teenagers or near to it. Teach the young.At a meeting with the red cross recently, one of the red cross workers discussed the benefits of teenagers that learned to give swim lessons and got certified to baby sit. They can run their own schedule, make more per hour than fast food, and then there is the additional benefit of personal growth.

Leadership and growing those younger than you can create great personal benefits to those serving. Confidence is a huge benefit that comes with leadership… but it also gives you a sense of the big picture. And the big picture is larger than your own self (selfishness).

So if you have a choice between coaxing your child into fast food service or swim lessons/ babysitting. Pick the latter.

The kids that we have worked with this summer on swim team will develop into great managers/leaders/teachers. They have learned to work as a team. Develop personalities outside themselves. Challenge others for improvement and deal with other’s selfishness and immaturity. I can only hope that much for your teens / tweens.

I think it is more than most parents could teach.

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  • 1. Wendy  |  June 27, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Aaron –
    This is Wendy from the American Red Cross. Thank you for posting this good advice!


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