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Teaching children good work ethics

Teaching children good work ethics

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From schoolwork to helping out around the house, a good work ethic is valuable even in childhood. And, of course, once they leave school and head out into the big wide world, a good work ethic becomes even more important if you want to succeed in life. Teaching children the significance of being willing to work hard and showing them how to do it can help them throughout their time here. Making life a little easier for you both.

A good work ethic can teach responsibility and respect for people and property as well as the value of working hard – for financial or personal gain or just to help someone who needs it.

Lead by example

It’s a well-known fact that kids learn from their parents. If you don’t show a willingness to work hard to earn the stuff you want, there’s a good chance your kids will turn out the same. Whether it’s doing extra hours to gain a promotion, saving for something nice or grafting to get a room decorated, showing kids that hard work pays off is one of the best ways to instil a good work ethic. That also means no calling in sick, unless you’re genuinely ill and not complaining about being bored at work all the time.


Getting kids involved in chores from a young age teaches them that magic fairies don’t come and tidy up all their toys and mess after they’ve gone to bed. Allow children an element of choice over which chores they do, give them a window of time to do them in. That way your child will feel she has some control in which tasks she does and will learn to manage her time effectively to get them all done.

Make it fun

Teaching children good work ethicsIf the whole family pitches into housework together then it can be fun! Have competitions to see who can match the most socks for example, or chat about your day while you go about the chores. Alternatively, stick some music on and dance your way around with them, this shows it doesn’t have to be a chore.

Offer praise

If your child has done some housework without being asked or has concentrated and finished her homework well, tell her how pleased you are about it. Praising kids makes them feel good about their accomplishments, making them more likely to try to do the same thing again.

Provide resources

From setting aside time to create a quiet space with few disruptions for homework, providing the resources for children to get stuck in will help them work hard. Be around to help or answer questions if needed, don’t stand over your child’s shoulder while she gets on with chores or homework. Allowing a child to take responsibility for her own tasks will encourage her to work hard and allow her to take pride in what she has done.







About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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