How to become a responsible teen?

A teen girl.

Although many teens may not realize it now, the effects of youthful indifference are certain to be felt later on in life.

Such indifference is almost certain to lead to trouble and, in many instances, even death.
It would be wise, therefore, to examine yourself.

Do you listen to what those who are older and more experienced have to say?

Or do you call them “old fashioned” because you feel that their outlook on life is outdated?

For instance, what attitude do you take toward affairs around the home?

Teen training for responsibility

Your home is a training center to prepare you for adult life.

Here habits and behavior patterns are formed that will be either beneficial or detrimental to you when you grow up.

They will determine whether you will develop into a mature, respectable man or woman, or will remain childish and immature in your ways.

Certainly a fully grown adult who still acts like a baby is a failure!

So ask yourself:

Is my attitude toward affairs around the home preparing me for a successful adult life? Am I listening and taking in instruction?"

Consider the matter of neatness and cleanliness.

Most parents try to teach their children to pick up after themselves, to make their bed, and to keep their clothes clean.

But all too often it goes in one ear and out the other.

The children continue to leave things around for others to pick up.

Do you find yourself doing that?

Consider what such indifference can lead to.

The child who was careless grows up to be a person who is messy and disorderly.

Then, with behavior patterns and habits firmly set, one will finds it extremely difficult to make a change.

As a result, the person makes a very poor impression on others with who comes in contact with him.

Prospective employers turn him away, because they do not want sloppy, disorganized workers.

So he fails to get a good job, or is fired from the one he does get.

If such a person ever gets married, how will it affect his marriage?

Though he may have put his best foot forward during courtship, he soon slips back to his sloppy, indifferent ways.

To the disillusioned mate this becomes a continual source of friction and a vexation that is a marital sore spot.

How many marriages have broken up because one of the partners could no longer stand the dirtiness and sloppiness of the other!

This is a fact. Failure in marriage has been experienced by many persons, because, in their youth, they were indifferent to the urging of their parents to be neat and clean.

Then there is the matter of punctuality for meals and other appointments.

Does mother have to call you time and time again before you come to supper, or in order to get you up for breakfast?

Tardiness can become a habit difficult to break.

Later on in life, the one who is constantly late for work, or who continually makes her marriage partner wait, is in for trouble.

Indifferently turning a deaf ear to instruction can lead to such difficulty.

So how much better it is to make punctuality a habit while you are young, and thus lay the foundation for a successful adult life!

 It is obvious that the immature traits of your youth will not make for adult success.

You may have observed how babies howl and scream at any hour of the night and expect to be waited on, and that they do not perform any useful chores around the house.

But as a child grows older, is it not right that it should accept some responsibilities?

Instead of always expecting to be waited on, should you not take the initiative to do things for others?

Would you not say that failure to consider the welfare and happiness of other members of the household is evidence that one is still a baby?

Surprisingly, however, many teens retain this characteristic of babyhood.

In some homes when parents ask their teens to do the dishes, set the table, mow the lawn or perform some other household work, they pretend not to hear.

Others make excuses and look for a way to avoid responsibilities. But consider what such indifference can lead to.

A person who is indifferent when he is young will have a difficult time functioning as a part of a smooth-working organization later on in life.

Because he never learned to work and cooperate with other household members, he will find that he always has trouble when working along with others.

Nor will he be trained to observe what needs to be done, or have the urge to get up and do it. Not only will this be a handicap in secular employment, but think of the trouble it can cause when one has a own home.

A husband is likely to be displeased because his wife never learned to cook well, keep house or organize household affairs.

And a wife will be unhappy because her husband fails to cooperate with her in keeping the home attractive and well cared for.

Then, too, it will be impossible for a parent to tell his children, “This is how we used to do it at home,” because he never did.

How much better to avoid all this by learning to take an interest in your home and its affairs now!


The early years of life should be happy years.

However, many teens apparently feel that listening to instruction and counsel will interfere with their happiness.

But this is not true.

The counsel that a wise teen receives not only will enable him to walk in a way that will bring pleasure and satisfaction, but it will ward off calamity in the future.