We still appreciate the irony of celebrating the American work ethic by taking a day off from work each Labor Day. Of course, we may make an exception here at the Free Press, where Monday holidays essentially don’t exist for some of us because Monday is our production day, 52 weeks a year. Not complaining (much), just stating our reality.
A strong work ethic has made this country strong and affluent. Though times and technologies have changed over the decades, we still believe raising children to have a strong work ethic will benefit the child for the rest of his or her life. If children fail to learn to work, they may be in for a rude awakening once they become adults.
Experts suggest parents start teaching these lessons early because it will be easier for a child to develop a view of work that can be rewarding for both parent and child. Experts say most children can begin doing chores as early as age 2 or 3, and that young children respond best to positive encouragement and are focused on doing the task well. Older children are able to grasp the concept of working hard and the satisfaction that comes from hard work.
Perhaps we should celebrate Labor Day by committing ourselves to helping the next generation develop a positive and healthy balance of work, rest and play. It is essential not only for our kids’ future, but the future of our nation. —DR