On this week’s “You’ve Got This,” I talk with Jamie Sumner about helping kids to embrace hard work. Jamie is the author of Unbound, a nonfiction book on parenting, and the forthcoming middle-grade novel Roll with It (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster). She has also written for the New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as other publications. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I think the thing that I try to convey to all of them is that hard work is actually the best kind of work because it changes you as a person. It builds muscles that you can’t see. It makes you more empathetic to people who have to work hard, and it teaches you how to stick with something. What I feel gets overlooked a lot nowadays is that just because you can’t see the benefits—just because you’re not the top 1% at this task—it doesn’t mean that that thing or that hobby isn’t worth it. Because it is. It’s not about getting everything perfect—it’s about trying and that continual pursuit of trying different things because that’s a lot harder and a lot scarier than becoming perfect at one thing.”
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