Give teenagers control of household budget in summer holidays
你有從小培養孩子財政預算的習慣嗎？一個家，茶米油鹽醬醋茶，樣樣都是開支，你的小孩都知道嗎？有專家表示：“ 孩子平常在學校只注重學業，很少有實際技能的培養，不要讓你的孩子成為書呆子, 暑假就是讓孩子學習如何當家的好時機！” 當孩子嘗試去為自己的家籌劃，從日常用品的購買到一日三餐的準備，他們就能體會到父母平時的艱難，這個暑假，讓你的孩子做一回小當家，讓他們不是只懂花錢，還會如何善用錢！
A leading headteacher has said that teenagers should take responsibility for the household budget and chores during the summer holidays Teenagers should take responsibility for the household budget and chores during the summer holidays to teach them the challenges faced by parents, a headmaster has said. Ash Rahman, head of Toot Hill School in Nottinghamshire, believes teenagers are leaving school without essential life skills because schools spend too much time ensuring they perform well in exam league tables, instead of equipping students for the world outside the classroom.
Mr Rahman’s comments follow research among 200 secondary school teachers by the National Citizen Service, a youth programmer for 15-17 year olds, which suggested they do not think young people are making the most of their school holidays.
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Mr Rahman said: “School holidays offer great potential for teenagers to take on a range of different activities and enterprises. The summer is especially pivotal, giving teenagers the chance to develop different skills to enhance their future prospects. To help teens develop a sense of independence and financial responsibility, one especially valuable holiday activity is enabling your son or daughter to manage the family budget for a week — making them responsible for the food shop and planning and cooking dinner for the family.”
He said that by allowing them to the take control of the family’s spending, teenagers from the age of 14 are able to fully “understand the challenges mum and dad face”.
Mr Rahman added: “Parents have to make tough choices: do they buy food? Do they buy clothing? By giving teens the opportunity to manage a budget they can learn about buying foods – sometimes maybe they won’t be so healthy. They have a set amount of money and they have to make sure they spend it on things the rest of the family need.”
His comments echoed concerns from business groups. John Cridland, director general of the CBI, said: “The Government has focused on academic rigour, which is necessary but not sufficient. Employers like academic rigour but they look for character as well.”
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