This isn’t an ad for you to get certified as a public school teacher. We each have skills that we have acquired over our years of experience. Even young people have great talents that they might take for granted. Recently I heard a young employee talking about how if it weren’t for her, no one in her office would be able to run Microsoft Excel. She was teaching all the “older” people in her office how to use it efficiently! That is a great example of teaching! I have been taught skills by many people over my lifetime. Some I became proficient in, and others I only have a cursory knowledge of how to do the task, but either way, I was enriched by what each person took the time to teach me. Step out and show a kid how to do something that will be a valuable life skill for him. Take a new employee under your wing and teach her to be great at what you do! In our world where so many parents are both working just to make a house payment, kids and young adults are desperate for someone to teach them the things that mom and dad used to teach. Basic skills like cooking, auto repair, how to drive, scrap booking, are all things that many youth don’t know how to do simply because no one has taught them. In kind, young people, Help open the world of the internet up to someone. Teach them how to use that phone they have for more than just a phone call. (But please don’t teach Grandma to play Angry Birds or you will never see her without her iphone again.) Be open to sharing the skills you have with others and I truly hope you find someone to teach them to.
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