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Your kids' attitudes to work will depend on yours

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Your kids' attitudes to work will depend on yours

Researchers have found that how adolescents perceive their parents' attitudes to work is key to the development of their own work attitudes. ( The Atlantic) Baby and mom with cell phone Although it's a bit more complicated than that if you're the mom. From the piece:
People who perceive their father to have a strong career-orientation are more likely to be career-oriented themselves—but career-determined mothers have no effect on their kids’ work orientation.... Mothers do have a notable effect on whether children have a job-orientation mentality. Adolescents who are close to their mothers are less likely to view work as just a job when they grow up, probably because they’ve been raised to value social, rather than instrumental, life experiences.
I think this is a mostly good-news story for us, although of course it raises the question of whether our family has the right balance in place. My husband and I are pretty privileged to have great work that is meaningful to us, and that is exactly what I would want for my kids. I have sometimes struggled with how to present work to my kids. When my eldest was first in daycare, I used to tell him I was glad he would get to go play with his friends, but that I would miss him and be sad we were apart. One day he asked me "are you crying all day long?" Being the slightly anxious mum I am, I worried that he was getting the impression that work was some kind of horrible meaningless place. After that I started saying "I love to go work at my job, but I hate being apart from you." This year he started saying that to his little brother: "I'm sorry we're apart, but I like my class." I guess our anecdotal evidence backs the study up. How does your work-life balance affect your kids' attitudes?   (Photo: iStock)
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