So, I tried posting about this the other day, but I was really incoherent - turns out I was coming down with the flu, I'm not totally losing it! :) Anyway, my question is, how do you encourage your children to develop self-discipline. I love the idea of following my children's interests and encouraging a love of learning for the sake of learning. I wonder though about teaching them that sometimes you just have to suck it up and do something that you don't feel like doing. So, now they don't have to be forced to do pages of busy work (like my oldest did when he was in ps and I had to fight with him every night over homework). I'm glad that they don't, but I'm thinking of when I was in college. I wanted a degree in biology and loved my science classes, but I HATED stats class. I had to force myself to do the work for that class. I'm just wondering how a kid who hasn't had that experience before deals with it. I'm sure it works out, I'm just not sure how. Do you do it with required household chores? By setting a good example (I don't feel like shoveling, but it has to get done; I'm tired, but I'm still going to go to the gym, etc.)? Something else?
I'm just really interested in others' thoughts on this. Thanks!