5 Habits You’ll Want To Practice If You Want Hardworking Kids

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There are some qualities that most people would like to instill in their children, and the ability to work hard and see things through to the end is surely one of them.

That said, it turns out that there are things we can do as parents that are just as important to achieving that end result as any inherent personality trait in our kids, so listen up!

5. Never say “because I said so.”

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At some point your kids will be out on their own with no one to tell them what to do or how to do it.

Best to start young, and instead of telling them what to do and to do it “because you said so,” talk through the problem and then let them solve it on their own.

That gives them confidence to know that they can do it, and encourages them to work hard to find their own solutions.

4. Don’t complain about work

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Don’t complain about your job, working in the yard, doing the dishes, or anything else you wouldn’t want your kid balking at doing because it’s “work.”

Your kids are always, always watching, so make sure you’re modeling how work can be satisfying and fulfilling instead of the opposite.

3. Know it’s a process

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Teach your kids to work hard and also to play hard. The transformation I have seen in our kids over the last year makes me smile. I know we are raising them in the best way. They have shaped into hard working young boys and amazing athletes. With those things aside, they have also been caught sticking up for friends and fellow classmates against others that weren't being kind. They stick together like glue and are each others best friends. They have stepped up and have been helping on the farm with daily chores such as pitching hay, moving water pipes, caring for sick animals, feeding our dogs, keeping their rooms (relatively) clean, and so much more. Their day starts at 7am and doesn't end until around 10-10:30pm. Very rarely do the complain or fuss. They have near to no TV, XBox or tablets. There is simply no time for that. They may not understand it now but in the years to come, this is the foundation that will shape them for adulthood. Hard work pays off. #raisethemright #farmboys #ranching #longlivecowboys #boymom #hardworkingkids #sports #love #momrules #workbeforeplay #batesadventures

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Raising a kid is not only a process, it’s a long one.

Just because you’re struggling to get your kid to understand and enjoy the benefits of hard work when they’re 8 doesn’t mean they won’t have learned to do just that by the time they’re 15.

Experts suggest checking in with your kid to see if they can tell you why they’re struggling or giving them a different task.

2. Let your kids struggle

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It’s tempting to swoop in at the first sign of a struggle, but if you want your kid to experience the joy of working hard and accomplishing something, you have to resist.

Just be there with plenty of praise once they finish something that was hard for them.

1. Respect your kids’ individuality

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Just because you know what hardworking looks like to you, that doesn’t mean it’s the same for everyone.

Try to be as openminded as possible when it comes to watching and listening to your child so that you can gauge their failures and successes on the scale that works for them.

What are some tips you like to help raise a hardworking kid?

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