Teach your kids the worth of hard work
‘It may not be a bad thing to show your children that you are working hard to achieve your goals’, say researchers.
Do you want to instill the value of hard work in your kids? If so, try and demonstrate the effort you put in to achieve a goal, researchers said.
The findings showed babies as young as 15 months can learn the value of hard work, when they see parents struggling hard to achieve a goal.
Babies, who watched an adult struggle to reach two different goals before succeeding, tried harder at their own difficult tasks than babies who saw an adult succeed effortlessly.
The study may offer some guidance for parents who hope to instil the value of effort in their children, the researchers noted.
"There's some pressure on parents to make everything look easy and not get frustrated in front of their children," said Laura Schulz, Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
"This study suggests that it may not be a bad thing to show your children that you are working hard to achieve your goals," Schulz added.
In the study, the team focussed on how children might learn, at a very early age, how to decide when to try hard and when it's not worth the effort.
For the study, published in the journal Science, the team designed an experiment in which 15-month-old babies first watched an adult perform two tasks.
Then the babies were given a musical toy, whose button to turn the toy did not work.
Babies who had seen researchers struggle before succeeding pressed the button nearly twice as many times overall as those who saw the adult easily succeed. They also pressed it nearly twice as many times before first asking for help or tossing the toy.
Importantly, the study showed that people appear to be able to learn, from an early age, how to make decisions regarding effort allocation, the researchers noted.
Based on the research, experts have mentioned few of the ways in which you can inculcate the habit of working hard, in your children.
Give your kids tasks that take a while to complete. Decide what is appropriate for their age but give them jobs to do that take time and aren't easy to complete. This helps them to learn that some things are hard and they have to stick with it for a good chunk of time to get it completed. It also gives them a sense of accomplishment when they are done and helps them realize they can do hard things.This will help them in so many aspects of their life.
Keeping kids busy while doing productive things (working) really helps encourage good behavior.
Give them verbal praise and acknowledge their work; this means so much to kids when what they accomplish meets their parents approval. Positive praise means so much to kids too.
Other methods could be rewarding your kids after a period of time if they do a good job completing the tasks (this helps keep them motivated).
When you can, work alongside your kids. This means so much to them and teaches them you are willing to do hard things too. It sets a great example to them and you are their role model.
Last but not the least, Play hard with your kids too as it is equally important.