Life Skills for Children A-Z – W is for Work Ethic

So much in life involves work. Whether it’s outside of the home or inside, there is always something to be done.

Whether we like work or not is somewhat irrelevant. Not liking it doesn’t make it go away. Not liking it doesn’t mean we don’t have to do it. All not liking it does, is make it harder to do.

Look around you at the things you like in life:

A good meal – someone worked hard to produce it: buying the ingredients, cleaning and chopping them, cooking them to perfection, learning how to do all of this in the first place.

A nice lunch box – someone worked hard to buy the ingredients, make a nice looking and tasty sandwich.

A nice garden – someone worked hard to make it nice: mowing the lawn, pruning the trees, selecting and planting the plants; watering and pruning the flowers.

A flash car – someone worked hard for the money to buy it, works hard to clean it, polish it, earn money for the insurance, petrol, maintenance, etc.

A clean house – someone worked hard cleaning, vacuuming, polishing, putting things away, disinfecting toilets, etc.

All of these things took someone’s effort and hard work.

Now let’s look at the things you don’t like in life:

Bad service in a restaurant – someone can’t be assed to give you good service, they don’t care if your meal comes late or cold. They’re not doing their job.

A dirty toilet – someone was too lazy to do their job well and clean it properly, someone didn’t bother to clean up after themselves; someone didn’t aim right and pee in the bowl.

Crumbled clothes – someone didn’t work hard to wash and iron the clothes or put them away properly.

A over-grown garden – someone didn’t work to mow the lawn, prune the trees, etc.

A missing item/toy – someone didn’t take the responsibility and do the work of putting it away, putting it in it place.

Laziness and jobs done badly are everywhere – usually in the things we don’t like. The things that make us angry or unhappy.

Hard work and jobs done well are also everywhere – usually in the things we like. The things that please us and make us happy.

Everything you or your child does or achieves in life boils down to how hard you, he or she works at it and what work ethic you and they have. Do you/they work hard? Or do you/they simply not care? If you/they want to achieve, you/they need to have a good work ethic.

Your goal as a parent when helping your child to develop a good work ethic is to establish the concept that hard work is good and brings them good things. You need to instil in them a sense that doing a job well is the only way to do it if we want good things in our lives. Hard work helps us achieve the good things in life, it bring us good things. Slap-dash work and laziness just ends up giving us the bad stuff.

How are you instilling a good work ethic in your child? Leave a comment or send us a CANDo email.

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