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  1. How to Teach A Strong Work Ethic to Your Child Early in Life

    Young girl washing a dishInstilling a child with a strong work ethic is critical for success later in life. Most achievements require hard work and determination. By teaching your child that working hard for what he or she wants in life is invaluable and why it’s important to take his or her responsibilities seriously, your child will be well on the road to developing a strong work ethic that can become second nature.

    You can start to introduce the concept of a strong work ethic at a young age, which is when it’s best to do so. Here are some guidelines for how to teach work ethic:

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  2. What to Do When Your Child Wants to Quit

    Boy playing pianoHaving your child participate in extra-curricular activities is part of raising a well-rounded child. However, what happens if your child tells you that he or she wants to quit? On the one hand, you may want to teach your child to honor his or her commitments. On the other hand, allowing your child to be independent and decide the activities to pursue can also be a valuable life lesson.

    Striking a balance between pushing your child to stick with an activity that may have become more challenging, and allowing him or her to quit can be difficult. Consider the following when your child wants to quit an activity:

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  3. How to Make a Motivational “Inspiration Board” with Your Child

    Child making an “inspiration board”An “inspiration board” or “vision board,” a tool that some people use in order to motivate themselves, can literally be a visual representation of a goal. It is usually comprised of words, phrases and pictures that represent something that a person is trying to achieve.

    For your child – especially if your child is a visual learner – an inspiration board can serve as a visual representation of his or her hopes and ambitions, and help to encourage your child to chase his or her dreams.

    Here’s how to make an inspiration board with your child:

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  4. QUIZ: What kind of career is best-suited for your child’s personality?

    career quiz for kids“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

    It’s a question that our kids are often asked. For many children, the answer changes just as often, and rightfully so. The world is full of possibilities, so it’s natural for kids to explore options. Even many adults still don’t know what they want to be, either.

    Perhaps you took a career aptitude test at some point in your life to steer you in the right direction. Such tests often ask questions about the respondent’s personality, and then provide a list of occupations that the test-makers believe would be a good fit.

    Our career quiz for kids uses that concept in a fun and simplified way to help identify some areas that may suit your child’s talents, skills and inclinations. Our quiz should be viewed only as a guide, and not as comprehensive, definitive or scientific. For example, some children may exhibit abilities in overlapping areas.

    What might your child be when he or she grows up?

    Take our quiz below to get a sense of where your child may excel in the future, based on his or her personality today:

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  5. 10 Really Easy New Year’s Resolutions that You Can Keep

    New Year’s party hatAccording to the research institute Statistic Brain, nearly half of all Americans – 45 percent – usually make a New Year’s resolution every year, of which only 8 percent successfully achieve it.

    One reason that so few people accomplish what they set out to do is because their resolutions may be unrealistic. For example, going to the gym every day may sound like a great idea but may not be workable within the constraints of everyday life.

    Setting attainable resolutions for the New Year can keep you on track as well as help you to work toward more lofty goals in the future.

    Here’s our list of 10 easy New Year’s resolutions that you can actually keep this year:

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