Teaching kids the value of work can sometimes be a tough sale, but learning this important lesson now will do so much to help them in the future. My kids like concrete goals to work towards. They’re big on to-do lists and working on projects that have a clear end so while I’ve tried to institute family chores several times in the past, each time their interest fades once they realize that even though they picked up their toys today, they still have to picked up tomorrow. I feel their pain.
“Captain, the area is secure.” My 7 year old son salutes as he says this. It’s dark, the only light is coming from my oldest 3 children’s flashlights, and my own headlamp. Suddenly I hear the adorably urgent voice of my 5 year old. “Captain! I see some papers on the ground over here, the baby might choke!” I turn my headlamp’s beam in her direction. “Ok soldier,” I say, “pick them up on the double and get them to the garbage can before the baby gets them. I’ll come vacuum there immediately.” “Sir, yes sir!” comes her obedient reply.
Do you find yourself spending more time hustling your children out the front door than you spend enjoying your time together at home? You are not alone. In today’s world, there are so many worthy causes pressing for our time that it becomes very easy to over-commit ourselves with responsibilities and activities. However, when we over schedule ourselves and our children we are not teaching them how to recognize their own limits and prioritize their time.