Things We Tell Our Kids: Make it work

“Things turn out best for the people that make the best of the way things turn out”– John Wooden

My wife and I encourage our kids to be happy with what they have and to learn to find solutions on their own. We believe these are vital life skills so when our kids are complaining about something we’ll ask them: “Make it work.”

When we are frustrated that something is too much this or not enough of that, whatever that may be, we often feel better when we either stop to consider all the positives of our situation and accept them or change our situation.

As Cyrus Curtis, the founder of the Saturday Evening Post, said, “There are two kinds of people who never amount to much: those that do what they are told, and those that can do nothing else.”

Teaching your kids to take initiative helps them learn to manifest their own destiny and create the life they want rather than take anything for granted.

And the kids understand our simple mantra. It works.

Make it work.

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