Remember the friends you had in high school who were given a car with no expectations of responsibility vs. those friends who had to work for their car?
I’m sure they noticed the same difference that I did, in the level of care and appreciation they had for their vehicles.
When my kids were that age and they gave a classmate a car, they got into trouble. The kids who had to work for the car appreciated it!
When you don’t earn the things you want, you don’t appreciate them.
Doing housework as a child teaches children to be responsible, responsible, and disciplined. Does this also build a “proper work ethic” for your future?
Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker and author, was the 10th of twelve children. He was born in “Los Angeles” (which is lower Alabama) and raised in Yazoo City, Mississippi. His mother had a fifth grade education and his father died when he was 5 years old during the Depression.
Zig said, “Mom was a wise woman. We were all hard workers, because we had three dairy cows and a big garden, and we survived despite all the difficulties.” As a child, Zig Ziglar’s job was to weed his large garden. When he told his mom he had finished weeding the garden, she would check to see how it was done. His mother said, “For someone else’s son, the job was done well, but for my son you can do better!” He went to weed that garden again and she went over it again.
Ziglar said, “We all had a wonderful childhood.”
Ziglar said: “Well, first of all, my mother a very wise woman, despite her limited upbringing. She taught us with (a) sermon prayer. She taught us, ‘Tell the truth / Say it always / Whatever it takes / For the one who hides the wrong he did / Keep doing the wrong thing ‘, and’ When a task starts once / You don’t leave it until it’s done / And it’s a big or small matter / You do it right or you don’t do it at all. “Ziglar agreed that this was poetry. “She was a very wise, disciplined, very loving woman, and those biblical principles, that’s what they are, that’s what we were raised on.”
Dr. John Maxwell, number one leadership guru, coach, and one of my mentors, says that as a child he was given a to-do list at the beginning of the week.
If he had not finished his chores, he would not be allowed to go to the restaurant or to the movies with his family on the weekends. Instead, he would stay home and finish his chores. After that, he learned to do his homework on time.
What is the best gift you can give your children?
The best gift you can give your children is to teach them a good work ethic by giving them chores to do to earn the things they want and need.
The chores taught us to work hard, to be responsible, responsible and respectful, which gave us a good foundation for our future.
So what are the 5 simple strategies for raising amazing kids?
1) Give them age appropriate homework. Start helping them learn a good work ethic at an early age so they can become responsible and caring adults.
2) Every morning and every night, when your child wakes up and goes to sleep, tell him with a smile how much you love and care for him, say something loving and kiss him on the cheek. Ask them over dinner about their day. Remember that you are there to help your children solve their problems and make good decisions in a caring and caring environment.
If your child has a learning disorder, find the best teaching method to help him learn and grow. Do not degrade or disappear them. Help your child find a place for him to learn with patience and encouragement.
Remember what Benjamin Franklin asked himself every morning: “What good will I do today?” And every night Franklin asked himself, “What good have I done today?”
3) Take time out of your busy schedule to attend your child’s sports games, dance recitals, orchestra or band concerts. Show up with a smile and be proud of these little moments for them. Show that you care and love them. Give them your TIME, your patience, your kindness and your encouragement!
Turn off your cell phone and leave it in the car!
4) Praise all the good things they do so they keep doing it. Correct the wrong, but don’t be afraid to let your kids fail! If they do something wrong, tell them in private, not in front of friends or other family members.
5) Show your children daily that their parents love and respect each other. Never look down on your spouse in front of your children. Just say loving words giving, hugs, kisses and friendship. If there is a problem, meet privately to discuss the problem or issue!
By following these 5 simple strategies, you will raise amazing kids too!