Skip to main content

How to Instill a Good Work Ethic in Your Children

Educate your children by instilling a good work ethic to teach them responsibility, respect, the ability to work with others, and the value of hard work.


  • Step 1: Assign chores Assign chores to your children. Small children can pick up their toys and help set the dinner table and older children can mow the lawn, dust, and vacuum.
  • Step 2: Encourage your children Encourage your children to complete their chores.
  • Step 3: Reward them Reward your children for their good work. Give them an appropriate allowance.
  • TIP: For younger children, you may choose to reward them with treats or a trip to the ice cream shop.
  • Step 4: Save Teach your child to save their money. They can put half of their allowance in the bank and save the other half for something they want.
  • Step 5: Be a role model Teach your children about work ethics by being a good role model. Do not complain about work, speak positively, and share your successes with your children
  • Step 6: Help find interests Help your child discover their interests. Get them involved in a variety of activities.
  • Step 7: Join a team sport Enroll your child in a team sport to learn the value of teamwork.
  • FACT: It was not until the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century that physical labor became culturally acceptable for all people, even the wealthy.

You Will Need

  • Chores
  • Encouragement
  • Allowance
  • Savings account
  • Positive attitude
  • Activities
  • Alternative rewards (optional)

Popular Categories