“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question every child has been asked. But there is much more to becoming successful than just choosing the right career. Since most of us work for someone else, you must also learn how to become a good employee.
Some workers do not care about the quality of their work, are not reliable and scorn authority.
Others are eager to please, try their best, and show up everyday ready and willing to pitch in. Why are these two kinds of people so different? According to Beverly Neuer Feldman, a career/education consultant and author of Kids Who Succeed, children learn work attitudes at home long before they enter the job market. It is up to parents, not schools, to teach their children work values. Feldman encourages parents to begin to develop positive attitudes toward work when their children are toddlers by including them in family chores, but your careful teaching ad patience will pay off as children become independent and able to handle bigger responsibilities. Feldman suggests setting up routines and schedules, just as you would on a job. Ask two or more family members to work together as a team. You can encourage children by praising them or even by monthly payments for a job well done. Use work related words and concepts such as calling a meeting to hand out assignments and giving bonus for extra work.
Help your children to learn about your work and what it took for you and your spouse to become successful. Make your family work history come alive with stories about jobs your parents and grandparents held. Stories like that enchant children, which makes them listen and learn eagerly.