Lessons in Hard Work: How Grandmothers Can Teach Their Grandchildren The Rewards Of A Good Work Ethic

One of the most important values that we as grandparents can instill in our grandchildren is the value of hard work. Teaching this quality to the next generation can help them develop a strong work ethic, perseverance, and a sense of accomplishment.

From leading by example to emphasizing the big picture, these tips will help you guide your grandchild toward success and fulfillment. So let’s get started on this journey of teaching the value of hard work to the next generation!

1. Start Small

Kid refusing to clean his room
Flickr/Michael Newton

Start with small tasks that your grandchild can accomplish easily. For example, you can ask them to help you set the table or tidy up their toys. Make sure to give them specific instructions and praise them for their effort. Speaking of praising their effort…

2. Praise Effort

…Make sure to praise your grandchild’s effort, even if the result isn’t perfect. Tell them how proud you are of their hard work and that you appreciate them. This will help develop a positive attitude towards work.

3. Set Goals

Setting goals can help your grandchild develop a sense of purpose and motivation. If they’re learning how to ride a bike, set a goal for them to ride a certain distance or time. Help them come up with a plan to achieve that goal, and encourage them every step of the way.

4. Teach the Value of Perseverance

Teach your grandchildren that success often comes from hard work and perseverance. Let them know that it’s okay to make mistakes and that the most important thing is to keep trying, as it will often lead to success.

5. Encourage Responsibility

Little girl doing chores
Flickr/Manish Bansal

Giving age-appropriate responsibilities can teach your them the value of hard work and responsibility. Ask them to water the plants or help with the laundry. Make sure to show them how to do it properly and praise them for a job well done.

6. Provide Opportunities for Hard Work

Encourage your grandchild to take on challenging opportunities, such as volunteering or a part-time job. This can help them develop a sense of purpose and motivation. Share stories of times when you worked hard to achieve something and how it made you feel proud.

7. Teach Time Management

Teaching your grandchild the importance of time management can help them achieve their goals. Help them prioritize tasks, and show them how to break down a big job into smaller, manageable steps. Like you did when you provided opportunities for hard work, you can share stories of times when you had to manage your time effectively to get things done.

8. Teach the Consequences of Laziness

Laziness often leads to negative consequences, such as missed opportunities or lower grades. Help your grandchild stay motivated and work hard to achieve their goals.

9. Teach the Value of a Strong Work Ethic

Kids helping with the household chores
Flickr/Tim McCune

Teach your grandchild that a strong work ethic is essential for success in life and that they should take pride in their work and always strive to do their best. (I don’t know about you, but I know a few adults who need to learn this lesson, too!)

10. Teach the Joy of Accomplishment

The joy of accomplishment and seeing the fruits of your labor is one of the greatest rewards of hard work! Encourage your grandkids to take pride in their accomplishments, no matter how big or small. Celebrate their achievements with them and make them feel special.

11. Make Work Fun

Make hard work fun for your grandchild. For example, you can turn household chores into a game or challenge or work on a project together, like making a scrapbook or building a birdhouse. This will make the work feel less like, well, work, and more like a fun activity.

12. Share Your Wisdom

Share your wisdom with your grandchild. Tell them stories of times when you worked hard and how it paid off. Share tips on how to work efficiently and how to stay motivated. Your grandchild will appreciate your advice and will be more likely to take it to heart.

13. Encourage Creativity

Little girl showing her creativity
Flickr/VFW National Home

Encourage your grandchildren to be creative in their work. If they’re working on a school project, challenge them to think outside the box and come up with unique ideas. Teaching your grands to be more creative will help them develop their problem-solving skills and will make the work more enjoyable.

14. Be Patient

Be patient with your grandchild. Remember that they’re still learning and developing their work ethic, so gently push them to keep trying and don’t get discouraged if they make mistakes. With your love and support, they will develop a strong work ethic that will serve them well throughout their lives.

15. Teach the Value of Rest

Teach your grands that rest is just as important as hard work and that it is vital to take breaks and prioritize self-care. Learning this early on will help them avoid burnout and will make the hard work feel more manageable.

16. Use Positive Reinforcement

Use positive reinforcement to encourage your grandchild to work hard. If you’d like, you can offer small rewards for completing tasks or meeting goals, which will motivate them to keep going as well as make the work feel more rewarding.

17. Emphasize the Big Picture

Graduation congratulations
Flickr/Camosun College

Emphasize the big picture with your grandchild. Help them understand how hard work can help them achieve their long-term goals. For example, if they want to go to college, explain how working hard in school can help them get there!

18. Celebrate Hard Work

Celebrate your grandchild’s hard work. Whether it’s a good grade on a test or a completed project, make sure to acknowledge their effort and make them feel proud.

19. Show Love and Support

Above all, show your grandchild love and support. Let them know that you believe in them and that you’re proud of them no matter what. This will give them the confidence they need to work hard and achieve their goals.


Teaching our grandkids the value of hard work is a gift that will last a lifetime.

With patience, encouragement, and love, we can help them develop the skills and mindset they need to succeed in whatever they choose to do. Let’s continue to guide and support our grandkids on their journey of learning the value of hard work.

The rewards will be immeasurable for both us and them!

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