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Unlikely habit #2

I have trained a huge number of clients in several areas of the world and my conclusion is that for people to the lives that they want to live, they are going to have to live stricter, more old school type lives at home and in regards to their bodies: on a schedule and with check points.

This is one of those things I have a hard time bringing up with my clients, but if your homes are going to work like an assembly line, guess who has to help out? Your kids. There's nothing wrong with having them help out. It prepares them for the life ahead. In fact, there's nothing wrong with giving them regular chores and a schedule of work from a young age. It's a modern day myth that this is bad for kids. I had a list of things to do around the house everyday after school. And then every saturday. It wasn't much. By age 7 my grandmother had already tried to teach me hospital corners(I didn't really get it though). I didn't do my chores a lot of times, and I regret that today.

How are you going to get your stuff done if your kids aren't helping out? How are your kids going to do it as adults if they don't start as children?

Are you worried your kids won't get to hang out with their friends? I hung out with them all the time. In fact, my mom put them to work all the time. We joked about it.

Do you think it is bad for them? Cmon. Don't be such a baby. The truth is that these mundane things pave the way for good lives. They don't cut you off from anything that actually has potential to make you feel good. They make those experiences better. Our lives are not going to be good by themselves. How can we make them good? Living the disciplined life at home allows you to live the free, fun life where it counts.

*picture taken from a more extensive article on the same subject at art of manliness:


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