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About our Family Work Ethic
Many families consider a strong work ethic to be an important family value. A family’s work ethic can shape everything from the way a child views schoolwork to the way everyone in the family approaches their careers, their finances and working together as part of a team. Achievement is a key element of a strong work ethic, and many families focus on achieving success–as they define it–through their professional work.
Contributing to the family’s success through everything from chores to weighing in on family decisions can help a household learn how to function effectively as part of a family unit–with the welfare and success of the group outweighing individual success.
Volunteerism is a work ethic that is more than simply working hard. The concept of volunteering one’s time and talents is a key work ethic value for some families. Families strengthen their relationships, learn new skills, and teach each other the value of hard work by setting time aside to volunteer together. When family members spend quality time together finding creative solutions to challenging tasks, to the benefit others, they create life-long family memories that form the foundation of the family values they pass on to their descendants.
No child is born with a set of values. Children must be taught these values by our families, friends, and larger communities. We continually pass down our values to the next generations, so it’s important to be clear about the things we care about and what we teach our children and grandchildren to care about as well. Your family members will be exposed to many types of values through their friends, co-workers, teachers, and society in general. The more children know about their own family’s values, the better able they are to discuss them with others. Knowledgeable and conscientious children will also be more likely to be respectful of others’ values and family norms.