No one wants to raise a child into a lazy human being. For the most part, as parents, we want the best for our children, and we want them to flourish.
The good news is, that raising a hardworking and successful individual is quite simple. Because while you may not be able to make every move for your child, you can instill a mindset in them that will be valuable to them for the rest of their life. Life is all about perspective, and perspective is instilled through our habits.
If you want to raise hardworking individuals, do these 7 things.
1. Teach them to embrace change.
Hardwork can be scary, and change can be even scarier. The thing is, in life, nothing will ever stay the way it was, and the need to adapt is real. If you teach your child to adapt, they will always be able to find a way.
2. Praise their effort, not just their accomplishments.
It may be tempting to just reward their accomplishments. However, when you do so, you are losing sight of what is most important: their effort. If you want a hardworking child, then you need to water the seed of effort.
3. Be specific when it comes to praise.
Instead of just saying, “Good job!” Give them information and feedback about their actions. As an example, say “You did such a good job on your math test, I am really proud of you effort.”
4. Coach them instead of doing everything for them.
It might be tempting to jump in and do the hard work for your child. But, don’t do it. Instead, show them how or coach them through it. This helps them to learn, rather than making them dependent on you.
5. Allow them to fail.
Sometimes your child needs to try and fail on their own. It may be hard to watch, but failure is a valuable teaching tool for many reasons.
6. Embrace their interests.
When you notice your child flourishing or showing interest in an activity or a hobby, embrace than and encourage them. You might notice they love basketball, or maybe it’s art, or even music. Whatever it is, encourage and support them.
7. Lead by example.
The best way you can instill a good work ethic in your child is to lead by example. Don’t just tell them how to be a good worker, or simply to be one. Model the behavior for them. They will thank you later.