Dictionary.com defines work ethic as: “A belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character.”
Often, we judge an adult’s behaviour or attitude towards something by what they have done within a short period or in one isolated situation.
For instance, James, a young graduate always complains about the work his supervisor gives him. But we only know James at work!
However, James complains about everything at home and when he is out with his friends. There is always something to nag about. Hold on minute, James did not acquire this behaviour as an adult. It was a seed from his childhood that developed into the big complainant we now see at work. Work has not always been a part of a normal day for James.
House chores differ from household to household and they also vary by children’s ages. Embedding these as part of a daily routine helps the child form the habit of setting aside time to work. It doesn’t end there. Making sure the child does it to satisfaction and within the set time frame supports the development of a strong work ethic.
Diligence, Perseverance are key ingredients of a great work ethic.
As parents we must teach this by example. There is a popular saying that the way you do one thing is the way you will do everything.
What is our attitude towards work? Are we always doing things last minute?
Do we shrug off some responsibilities and procrastinate?
Are we always distracted when we should be focused on our work?
Answering these questions will help us identify which work ethic programme is running in our homes.
Take care of your responsibilities and be diligent in your business and you will have more than enough— an abundance of food, clothing, and plenty for your household.Proverbs 27:25-27
To your successful and transformational parenting journey.