Randall Cecola: Instilling Work Ethics in Kids Fosters Long-Term Goals, Achievement (part 2)

A business and community leader, Randall Cecola supports such institutions as Holy Cross School, Lake Forest Academy, Willow Creek Community Church, and the Salvation Army. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Triumph Packaging Group, applying his business acumen to helping companies and nonprofits reach their organizational objectives. Randy Cecola also provides financial counseling to families and individuals in his community through the Good $ense Movement and contributes to the Allendale Association, which helps troubled youth and their families.

Part 1 of this article discussed some of the issues that lead to work ethic deficiencies in children. Parents sometimes feel too overwhelmed by the ongoing resistance of their kids as well as their own daily pressures to set boundaries requiring their children to handle such tasks as chores and schoolwork on their own. As a result, many kids believe they are entitled to rewards without participating in functions critical to the operation of the household and even their own future opportunities.

Parents who value work on its own merit and expect their children to contribute to the family by completing chores actually help their children grow in self-esteem. Small, everyday successes add to a feeling of well-being and involvement that promotes forward-thinking acceptance of basic competencies. To foster accomplishment, parents fare best by presenting chores and schoolwork as necessary, routine components in the overall security of the family.

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Randall Cecola: Instilling Work Ethics in Kids Fosters Long-Term Goals, Achievement (part 1)

An expert at fostering profitability for companies, Randall Cecola facilitates improved business processes aimed at the turnaround of distressed organizations. He serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Triumph Packaging. In addition to his corporate endeavors, Randy Cecola supports community and counseling efforts aimed at garnering financial and emotional stability for families and individuals.

Many parents express frustration and concern about their children’s apparent lack of work ethics. In truth, kids learn work ethics from the examples and lessons provided by those around them. Fortunately, parents usually resolve this problem by setting boundaries and expectations.

For most families, children perform a minimal number of chores compared to those required of their parents at the same age. Families today often strive to keep their kids focused on academics and extracurricular activities; the time spent on both functions tends to be much increased in recent years as parents spur their children toward more impressive pre-collegiate resumes. Moreover, a growing number of children live in one-parent homes or homes in which both parents work. Exhaustion and a lack of family time sometimes lead parents to “pick their battles.” Without clear expectations, their children place little value on efforts that do not prompt public commendation.

Read Part 2 of this article to learn more about instilling work ethics in kids.

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