SOLC 25 of 31: Initiative

What’s amazing about having teenage children (ages 13 and 16) is to watch them take initiative when they want something done. No, I know, that teens get a bad rap for being lazy and not working hard, but during this “new normal” of self-isolation and remote learning, I’ve seen otherwise.

For the past few months, my daughter has been pestering me about wanting to paint her room a new color. Not wanting to spend the money to hire a painter and knowing from experience how much work it is to paint, I put her off. However, with remote learning and self-isolation on the brink, I reopened the idea of the project and put it back on her. We were able to secure the supplies needed and over the last week she has taped, primed, painted and redecorated her room – all with her own initiative and with little help. It looks great!

Yesterday, I emerged from my office around 3:30 and found my two children in the shed pulling out the volleyball net, Bocce set and Croquet. They were working together to get the volleyball set put up. They did, with just a little help from me. This allowed us to have a family game of badminton around sunset. What a lovely end to a difficult day.

It’s amazing what these teens can do when they put their mind to something and take the initiative. Looking forward to seeing what they do next.


  1. bjdonaldson said,

    March 25, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    I enjoyed this refreshing post about the fun your family is having in spite of difficult circumstances. Maybe there is a silver lining in this dark cloud of circumstances after all.

  2. caroline524 said,

    March 25, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    I love how kids will always find a way to take any situation and make the best of it.

  3. March 25, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    I love this!! I think kids take more initiative than they are given credit for. I hope you took before and after pics of her room.

  4. March 26, 2020 at 1:51 am

    If you tune in to TikTok it’s hilarious what teens are doing to entertain themselves and each other. Love how you captured their initiative in this post.

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