Tips to Teach Children Hard Work Pays Off

One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my kids because they grow up way too fast.  I want every possible second with them that I can.  I honestly don't care if we sit down for family move night with a Strawberry Limeade or if I find myself teaching my kids hard work pays off as long as we're spending that time together.


Do you teach your kids the importance of hard work? I think it’s safe to say most parents want what is best for their children so they can grow up and become successful men and women who can take care of mommy and daddy lol.  Not really, I just want my kids to be happy and do what they want to do in life, so I do my best to show them support and guide them in the right direction.  Besides, kids are smart and teaching them the importance of hard work can be difficult, but we can't give in, they need us to show them the benefits of hard work.  

You never know, they might want to be the first girl on their school's football team, grow up and become a mechanic, go to the military or become a police officer.  The only way they are going to achieve their goals is to work hard. Officer Judy Hopps had to work hard to become the first bunny on the Police Force in Disney’s Zootopia which comes out on Blu-ray™, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere June 7! Oh, and don't you worry I included the Strawberry Limeade recipe so you can enjoy it when you have your Zootopia family movie night too.

Tips to Teach Children Hard Work Pays Off

Here are a few tips to teach children hard work pays off in the long run and inspire them to follow their dreams. 

  • Responsibility – Kids need to be responsible for something, but it's important that they enjoy doing it when they are young. My youngest daughter is responsible for feeding the horse each night. It’s a big job, lots of heavy lifting but she wanted a horse so she could ride with mommy.  My daughter, Vayda, takes care of the dogs and is responsible for keeping her bathroom clean. 
  • Rewards – Remember you are trying to teach your children that hard work pays off so a reward is necessary.  Whether it’s allowance or a day with mom, be sure to reward your kids. 
  • Let them pay – When you take the kids to the store, and they buy something with their own, hard earned money, let them pay.  It’s a great feeling to finally purchase something you’ve been saving to buy.  Plus, it lets them feel important, and they should.  Let them hold their head up high; they deserve it.
  • Self-confidence – You can’t start too young! Teach your children to be confident, to hold their head high and love themselves.  They’ll make more confident decisions and be less likely to worry about pleasing someone else. 
  • Mistakes – In my opinion this is important.  It’s easy to get caught up thinking mistakes are bad because they mean you did something wrong.  If children do not know why we make mistakes or understand how they are useful to achieving success, it’s going to be easy for them to get discouraged.  So be sure and talk to them about mistakes and when they make one don’t get upset with them, speak to them about what happened and what they have learned from it.  Mistakes are a good thing; it means you are learning and working for something. 
  • Support - Whether they are trying to save up for a toy or get a part in the play it's our job as parents to interact with them and give them our unconditional love and support along the way.
  • Live it – If we expect our children to work hard for what they want in life and be inspired to go after their goals, we have to show them the way.
  • Inspirational movies – My kids always get so pumped when a new Disney movie comes out which is great because they typically send great messages.  Just like Officer Judy Hopps in Zootopia.  I bet you didn’t know that she is the first bunny on the Zootopia police force, and she worked hard for it.   

My kids are super excited to see the comedy-adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios set in the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia.  Okay, I admit it I’m super excited too!  I can’t wait to watch Officer Judy Hopps.  Yes, she is the very first bunny on Zootopia’ s police force, and she worked hard to get there and continues to work hard trying to crack her first case.  Officer Judy Hopps is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, even if that means partnering with the scam artist fox Nick Wilde to crack the case. 

 Zootopia is full of the adventure we love, the action we crave, and comedy we can’t live without.  Plus, Zootopia sends our children a great message.  Judy Hopps is not only the first bunny on the police force, but she worked her tail off to become the first bunny cop.  Officer Judy Hopps had dreams and aspirations that she refused to give up on and was willing to work hard to achieve.

Strawberry Limeade Recipe

And just for fun I wanted to include one of our favorite movie night drink recipes for Strawberry Limeade!  I hope you enjoy it!

  • Strawberry Limeade Recipe
  • 2 cups Sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups Fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups ice
  • 4 tbs sugar


  • Place strawberries and sugar and 1 cup water in the blender and puree. 
  • Place Lemon juice, water and strawberry puree in a large pitcher over ice. Stir and let chill.

Enjoy your Strawberry Limeade on your next family movie night. We will be able to watch Disney’s Zootopia in our homes June 7! 

Welcome Disney’s Zootopia into your home, It’s from the creators of BIG HERO 6 and FROZEN and something the whole family can sit down and enjoy together.  It’s full of bonus extras that allow you to dig a little deeper into the world of Zootopia. 

You can enjoy Disney’s Zootopia on Blu-ray™, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere June 7. Get your copy here.

Remember fun comes in all different shapes and sizes!

How are you teaching your children the benefits of hard work?

Jenn Worden is a lifestyle writer who shares her love for life, family, technology, food, and more on Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog

This is a sponsored post written by us for Disney.  All opinions are my own.  I do however hope you'll watch Zootopia and form your own opinion too. 

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