Work Ethic in Children: An Interview with the Shock Kids, Part 2

Earlier this week I posted an interview with my children about what makes work more enjoyable.  Today, I will show you the interview results on the next two questions.

  Question #2:  “What makes work less enjoyable?”

Are you ready?  Here we go!

My oldest, at 16, said that she didn’t particularly like it when more work gets added on.  She likes for a goal to be set, and once that goal is reached, then she is done for the day or for a certain time period.  For example, when she gets done with fertilizing or weeding a row (she sure can plow through those rows!), she does not like to hear,

“Kaila, since you got done so fast, why don’t you do another row?”  

Also, she doesn’t like for us to get upset or angry for a job not done to specific standards.  A gentle reprimand with or without consequences will suffice.

My 12 year old does not enjoy work if it is boring.  He likes to be involved more when he is working along side us.  He doesn’t enjoy being held back or just watching.  He wants to do more hands-on work, and be given more opportunities.

Next is our nine year old daughter, Savannah.  She doesn’t like to have too much work all at once.  She also doesn’t like it when we get frustrated.  Hmmmm, I feel the conviction!

No comments from my seven year old, yet!

Question #3:  What have you learned about good work ethic?

Kaila stated that being a good worker is important because “we need to be able to take care of our home and family now and in the future.”

Zeke’s answer:  “Work will get you places in life.  It also helps me be more responsible.”

Savannah’s answer concerning what she has learned about having a good work ethic was, “I learned to think about what we are blessed with and that pleasing my parents is important.”

R.J. learned that good work ethic makes him “stronger and not wimpy.”  How cute!

Pretty interesting!  It is important to set goals when we give our children chores to do.  Adding more work will only frustrate them.  When they reach their goal, they will have a sense of satisfaction for a job completed.  Imagine that satisfied feeling going down the drain when mama adds another row to weed!  You should all know by now that I am guilty of this one!

Not breaking up routine work or monotony is another way to make work somewhat miserable!  We have to remember that although Dad can work on a fence from sun-up to sun-down, doing this same old thing to a child is torture!  That being said, they do like to have opportunities to do things that make them feel important.  We just have to put away those “don’t touch” attitudes and give a little.  Notice I said “a little!”

Getting frustrated or angry with our children is an obvious no-no.  But, I’m sure at some point in time, we have all been there.  How do we keep from getting upset and say something we shouldn’t?  Well, that comes with constant surrendering to the Lord, patience and a meek and quite spirit!  Jesus loves children and made it obvious in Scripture. I think He felt more relaxed in their presence than with adults at times!  We should be no different.

I hope you enjoyed these little interviews!  I encourage you to try this with your children.  Find out what works and what doesn’t.  It is an investment of time you won’t regret!

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2 comments on “Work Ethic in Children: An Interview with the Shock Kids, Part 2

  1. Liked your answers, Shock kids:) I'd say having two hard working parents also has brought your kids where they are today. We model what we want our children to emulate~

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