If there's one thing a parent wants for their child, is that, aside from being a good human being, to be an upstanding and valuable part of society.
Unfortunately, sometimes kids are prone to being lazy because it's the easiest course of action. But as a parent there are ways to ensure that your child kicks this habit or even better, never develops it at all.
1. Be an example
Children follow by example. In order for your child not to be lazy, you must not be lazy in front of them. Whenever you have to choose between a responsibility and self-indulgence, like going for a jog after work or lying in front of the television, decide on the responsible option. Explain the reasons why you decided the more responsible option and what the advantages may be. Your child will see that you choose responsibility over self-indulgence and they will learn this habit from you.
2. Work alongside them and encourage commitment
Take the time to work alongside your children. Teach them to work and what the best way is to accomplish goals. You will not only show them how important it is to work hard, but also cherish the moments spent with them.
Teaching your children the value of commitment will encourage them to do the best they can. They will be motivated to complete tasks.
3. Participate in physical activities as a family
Go on bicycle rides at the nearby park, play volleyball or go swimming with your children. Your children will enjoy it and it will show them that being active and healthy can be fun.
4. Reward your children for doing their chores on time
By giving your children an award after they complete their chores will make them see the importance of hard work. They will realise that everything in life will not get handed to them.
5. Celebrate their good habits
Telling your children that they are lazy constantly will not make them less lazy. In fact, you are only motivating them to resist you because they want you to leave alone. It becomes a matter of them reacting to you rather than taking the time to focus on getting themselves motivated.
Work towards inspiring your child. Point out the good things they do, and they will want to keep doing it.
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