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WATCH: The Ben Sasse Technique for Raising Hard Working Kids

We’ve run two positive reviews on Senator Ben Sasse’s new book, “The Vanishing American Adult” — and judging by the Wall Street Journal best-seller list, the book is certainly resonating with the rest of America. His WSJ essay, “How to Raise an American Adult” also went flying through the Internet the day it published, so it’s no surprise people enjoyed Sasse’s recent appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” 

Want to know how Sasse’s teenage daughter learned to “toughen up”? In the clip below, he recounts his daughter’s summer delivering baby cows on a cattle ranch: 

https://youtube.com/watch?v=1ehVL72l1Ow

 

Sasse has said

“At our house we have come to conclude that building and strengthening character will require extreme measures and the intentional pursuit of gritty work experiences.” 

I can’t say I disagree, as I had a few similar experiences that left a deep impression on my future work ethic. As a teenager, I spent several full summers doing work projects in Venezuela and Mozambique. We slept in tents, dug foundations for shelters, laid brick, stirred concrete, painted, cooked our own food and bathed in buckets — among other things (like having no access to TV, Internet, or phones.)

I remember those summers more clearly than any others in my lifetime. Though they were extremely difficult for a privileged American girl, the lessons I learned from such “gritty work experiences” remain exceptionally valuable in my life today.

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