“Success is a ladder that cannot be climbed with your hands in your pocket.”
Encouraging entrepreneurship and helping kids develop a strong work ethic is not simply about skills they will need to earn a living when they grow up. Helping our kids take a hands on approach also feeds a sense of autonomy and fosters the confidence that their actions matter. They learn to participate and that they CAN make a difference.
Many parenting books seem to have pushed aside values, ethics and habits in favor of giving children self-esteem. Unfortunately self-esteem can’t be given: it’s an inside job. As parents we can help lay the groundwork by allowing our kids to practice attitudes and habits shared by successful adults, growing their own self esteem as they go!
March 4, 2014