Raising children has become a competitive business. Getting children into the right schools, universities and jobs has become an important part of parenting. My god daughter is due in 3 weeks time and we already have plans to put her on a school waiting list. But parents need to do more than coach their children on the right things to say and write in their school and job applications, they need to start instilling work values in their children which translate into marketable habits and strengths in the workplace.Paul Bushell / Business Psychologist
Changing work values… how to raise our children?
With technology, work environments and demands continue to evolve. Old school work values like working hard, doing what you’re told without questioning and fitting-in have become defunct. In a global community, you’re wise to teach your children tolerance, cultural sensitivity, and empathy. They will need to work with people who don’t have the same beliefs and practices as them.
Instill in your children the idea that life is not always fair, but that there is always more than one response and consequence in every situation. They will need to work hard to find the best responses in any situation, by weighing up all of the consequences of every choice.
Encourage your children to be critical and think out of the box, and communicate these ideas and opinions. Never discourage a child from asking lots of questions, because curiosity is the skill which leads to the development of new apps and medical break throughs. You can consciously develop these skills in your child by doing certain activities with them. And this doesn’t mean sitting them down with a tablet. The technology we are using today won’t exist in 10 years time. Technology-specific skills are not as important as the critical and innovative ways of thinking which lead to the design of better technology.