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Working on Work Ethic - Part 2
September 25, 2019

Work is not a four-letter word, but many kids act like it is. There is a great sense of value that comes from accomplishing something through our labour, but how do we teach this to our children. How do we raise them in such a way that they understand the value of hard work?

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 gives great Biblical perspective on the idea of idleness. Paul can be a brutal guy at times, and in verse 10 of 2 Thessalonians 3 he says, “ If anyone isn’t willing to work, he shouldn’t eat.” Now that’s pretty drastic, but it illustrates the point that being a hard worker is important to God.

It can be tough to teach our little ones a strong work ethic, moving them beyond their cartoons and video screens to engage in helpful, meaningful ways. It starts in the home. In order for children to be responsible we must give them responsibilities to manage. Here are some different ways to communicate responsibility to your child:

  1. Be a role model. Do I skip work because I feel like it? Give my all to a project? Spend within my means? Keep my word?
  2. Don’t continually bail kids out of their responsibilities. Give them fair warning that, if you have to pick up their toys, you will keep them (for a set period of time). Be consistent. If you let them get away with it sometimes - when they're tired - when you're tired! then they will ALWAYS try to get away with it. Be good to your future self and BE CONSISTENT now.
  3. Give checklists. Kids can get overwhelmed with a verbal to-do list. Write out what you want them to do so they can mark through their accomplishments.

Someone once said, "Responsibility is the ability to respond." As a Chrisitan parent, we can help our kids by modelling how to respond to different situations in faithful ways that illustrate a good work ethic. Praise God that you don't have to do this on your own; He's always available - remember to ask for help.

Feel free to leave comments about ways you have successfully helped your kid develop responsibility.
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