When they really set their minds to something, kids truly can accomplish anything. They have a drive and determination within them that is unmatched in its intensity.
My 3 year old’s stubborn streak that appears when she decides she wants something is often more than enough proof of that for me.
Finding ways to channel that into something positive, something like a strong work ethic that will follow them into adulthood however, is key.
So, how exactly do you teach your kids the value of hard work? Start when they’re young and be consistent.
Like almost everything else in life, teaching your kids the value of hard work and determination is much easier when they’re little, well before they’ve had a chance to learn another way or pick up any bad habits.
When they’re young, the simplest way to do this is by introducing chores, making every one in the family share in the responsibility for the running of the household.
An easy way to work this into your daily routine? The COUNTRY Financial® ChorePal App.
This easy to use app was developed by COUNTRY Financial®, a full-service insurance and financial services company, to help families manage and reward daily household chores within their homes.
They built a Security Index to measure the sentiments that American families have regarding their personal financial security and various topics that can impact their finances. The latest COUNTRY Financial® Security Index specifically looked at American’s current feelings toward teaching their children about finances through chores and allowances.
The ChorePal App makes it easy to introduce the concept of chores to your little ones while allowing them to see and work towards a reward in a simple and fun way.
The entire thing, both chores and rewards, can be customized and adjusted based on your child’s age, ability, and the rewards that you, as the parent, feel are appropriate.
In our family, for instance, we prefer to make our rewards more experience based rather than focusing on material items. As the kids get a bit older and have started learning a little about money, we plan to add an allowance but for now, having them work towards things like going for ice cream, extra time on the playground, or a trip to the zoo means more to them than a monetary allowance, especially for our oldest.
And when they’re motivated by their reward, the fact that they’re young won’t matter nearly as much as you would expect it to.
Over time, they’ll learn to work hard for the things that they want and to take responsibility for themselves and their areas within the home.
The first step, obviously, is downloading the free COUNTRY Financial® ChorePal App for yourself and getting started. Stick with using the app consistently each day and before you know it, your kids will amaze you with their determination and willingness to help out around the house.