When they`ve defined it, ask them if they believe work is "fun." In most cases, no, they don`t. Work is a bad thing, annoying or irritating, and definitely isn`t the same as fun.
We often say that we worked hard today, but how often do we talk about children playing hard? In some instances, parents will say their child played hard today, which is a good thing! The child is tired, satisfied, and had a good day. But how come we never hear about a child working hard?
If we DO hear that a child worked hard today, it`s often in the context of child labor laws, sweat shops, or overseas child-work abuse.
So what exactly is work? How does work differ from play? What distinguishes work from fun?
I`ll propose that work is effort---a force. That force/effort is used or directed to change, modify, or otherwise affect a person`s surrounding envrionment.
Follow that logic, and the underlying proposition is that work is directly associated with action. So are "fun" and "play." So what separates work, as a series of actions, from the other two?
Does work always have to be a bad kind of thing? Is there a difference in types of work? For example, how does work categorize into drudgery, labor, chores, or development?