Friday, June 26, 2009

[teaching our children to work]

lulu helping paint her new bedroom pink '05

i've been realizing lately how i tend to "just do it myself" around this joint.
i knew i signed up to be a maid when i got married... OUCH!
but in all actuality we take on certain roles as partners, and mine would be the homemaker.

i seriously could not wait to prepare menus, plump the pillows, oh so carefully fold our clothing and dote over my new hot little provider.
i even copied my mothers recipes on crisp new 5X7 sized cards with dainty deliberate handwriting while i was still engaged.

why do i look at my role d
ifferently now?
i don't need to think twice about this question... after three children, it's not so easy to stay a float!

what i need to be doing is teaching my daughters to be little my little worker bees.
in all reality, children want to learn.
.they are capable.

it's up to us to teach them how to take care of things, fix things, and take ownership and pride in their work.

my dear husband is so good at teaching our girls new tricks.
he takes the time (this is key) to explain, help and instruct them on all kinds of projects.
.this is what i need to w
ork on.
instead of patiently tutoring them, i just do it myself.
this is a disservice to these little girls of mine.

The best time to begin teaching a child the value of working hard is in their youth. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

“Teach your young children to work, and teach them that honest labor develops dignity and self-respect. Help them to find pleasure in work and to feel the satisfaction that comes from a job well done” (Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Spiritually Strong Homes and Families,” Ensign, May 1993).

these quotes were found in this great article: teaching Kids a Good Work Ethic