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August 2, 2013
Creative Living
Delegating Jobs to Kids
by Dian Thomas

I was blessed with the good fortune to be born near and raised in the remote, breathtaking Manti-La Sal National Forest in southeastern Utah, where my father was the forest ranger. This weekend I took a trip back to my class reunion. One of the benefits of being raised in a small town is that when there is a parade all you have to do is show up and you are in the parade.

After riding my bike in the parade, I rode a mile to the Baker Ranger Station where I was raised. Now that I look back on my experience I appreciate all that my parents taught me about work. It was this work ethic that helped me create the opportunities that I have been blessed with. I look to my mother for her diligence in creating jobs and also the follow up that taught me the life skills that have been so important.

I know that for some parents it seems easier just to do that job yourself, but the benefit for the child is lost. I have had the opportunity to present segments both on the “Today Show” and on the “Home Show” on creating and following through delegating jobs to kids.

Both of these segments will give you ideas on what to delegate as well as how to follow up the delegation.

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May these ideas help you in creating opportunities for the young people in your life to learn job skills that support a successful life experience.

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