Teaching children valuable life skills such as responsibility and hard work, from an early age, benefits their development as future adults. It can be habitual to want to hold their hand through difficult tasks or control how they problem-solve.
We find that planting seeds of responsibility and the importance of hard work can encourage your children to be independent and feel confident about their abilities. To begin teaching your child about responsibility and hard work, we’ve outlined a list of helpful activities.
Get Your Kids a Pet
Caring for a living entity is a chance to learn about the responsibility of sustaining life. Adopting a pet or creating a do-it-yourself terrarium allows your children to put something else before themselves.
Maintaining a healthy life requires your child to assess its physical needs, and provide nourishment, cleaning, and daily attention. The quality and longevity of the life your kid cares for will be a reflection of their hard work and it’s important to acknowledge this accomplishment with them.
Plan a Schedule
Time management will teach kids how to be responsible for their tasks. Start by using a large calendar board or a portable weekly planner and have them write their schedule in hourly increments.
Guide their planning by encouraging a balance between fun and school work. Hint throughout their day if they are on schedule but give them the chance to evaluate their own progress. Every time they check off a task, this indicates that they are working towards an end goal — completing their schedule.
Help Them Find Hobbies
Hobbies such as recreational sports or activities in the arts are a great way for kids of all ages to learn dedication, discipline, and the rewards of hard work. After leaving a long day at school, your child can attend soccer practice or a piano lesson and pick up communication, hand-eye coordination, critical thinking, and other important skills kids should know.
Being in an environment that requires them to focus and problem-solve gives them the chance to be self-sufficient. When they win their first game or perform well in their music recital, they will feel confident in their abilities.
Inspire Your Kids to Work
Learning how to be responsible with money and the financial benefits of hard work can be a great opportunity to introduce kids to the value of saving and investing. Once your teen has gotten their first check, you can open a Roth IRA to help them save for the future.
Another opportunity is providing services to their family, friends, and trusted neighbors in the form of dog walking, babysitting, leaf raking, or snow shoveling. Use the printable business cards below to help them get started.
Introduce these activities to your kids and observe how they problem-solve and become self-reliant. By managing responsibilities and pushing through challenging work they can grow an independent mindset and a confident attitude that will propel them into the future.