Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Value of Work

I came across this awesome quote from President Gordon B. Hinckley(15th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) regarding the value of work. . .

"There is no substitute under the heavens for productive labor. It is the process by which dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle visions become dynamic achievements.
Most of us are inherently lazy. We would rather play than work. We would rather loaf than work. A little play and a little loafing are good. But it is work that spells the difference in the life of a man or woman. It is stretching our minds and utilizing the skills of our hands that lift us from mediocrity. It is work that provides the food we eat, the clothing we wear, the homes in which we live. We cannot deny the need for work with skilled hands and educated minds if we are to grow and prosper individually and if our nation is to stand tall before the world." (August 1992 Ensign magazine)


I believe this is so true. Especially in today's world, the value of work needs to be taught to our children now more than ever. There are so many things that have been invented that promote laziness for both parents and children alike(television, video games, computer, really comfortable chairs:), etc.) And kids these days are just given so much. Our country is so blessed with so many luxuries. This is a good thing, but it can also be bad. We need to teach our kids to be grateful for what they have and we also need to make sure that we put these kids to work! I'm not talking slave labor or anything, but kids need to have chores/responsibilities. And they need to do these chores without the expectation of money or a prize. They need to know they are part of the family and as such, they are expected to contribute. I'm not saying that my kids are little work horses, but I have made a goal to try and teach them to be less lazy, more productive and more grateful for the things we have been blessed with.


So far, my kids "chores" aren't much. They are ages 7, 5 and 2, so they are young. But I have had the older two folding and putting away their own laundry for the past couple of years. They also help with weeding and gardening, keeping their own room clean(ok, so they need reminders occasionally:), and the newest is the dishes. Aubrey and Ella(and Cali too actually) love to help load the dishwasher. And Cali likes to unload it while I'm loading it. . .fun, fun:) Well, I decided the other day to let Aubrey try and do the dishes completely herself. She was so excited! I realize this excitement will fade really fast, so I'm enjoying it while I can. She did a great job and I loved watching her smile as she learned something new. When she was done, she was thrilled to show me her work. Kids have so much to teach us. If only I could be more proud of the work I do. We should take more pride in our work and in our accomplishments. I think that is a way to find more joy our lives.



Just some thoughts I had today. . . now I better get off this computer and get to work!

13 comments:

devri said...

keep your thoughts coming, I love them.. and look how grown up she looks doing the dishes, while mom blogs.. jk

Becca said...

I totally needed that quote from Pres. Hinckley tonight--thanks for sharing. Also, I totally agree with you about the work thing. Kid's cant be responsible without being given responsibilities. That's why we don't have chores at our house. My kids take care of their responsibilities.

Marie said...

Great post Holly. My kids always had responsabilities and anytime they wanted something big, like a bicycle, or new skates,video games, a skateboard etc. we made them earn and save up half of the money needed to purchase it. We never just gave them anything, well Santa did at Christmas and they did get birthday presents, but the rest of the time they worked for what they had. Oh how I love President Hinckley.

The Bright Family said...

I need to be better at this--I tend to do it myself (saves me some time), but they are definitely old enough to get to work!! :)

Jan said...

You're a good mama. It's hard to have kids do the chores when it's much easier to do them yourself -- but really what you're doing is teaching. Yay!

Tara D said...

Yeah, that won't last long, lol. But you're so right, it's so important for kids to learn the value of work. It really builds the character of a person; there are too many lazies out there (I may be one of them, oops). :)

Anayansi said...

i'm glad that you shared this holly. i've been trying to decide what chores i need to add to the list for reg and dishes is a good idea. thanks!

hoLLy said...

thanks becca for the idea of not using the word "chores" but using "responsibilities" instead. awesome.

and i totally agree with the above comments-it is so much easier to do it myself(aubrey took 20 minutes to do dishes that would've taken me 5:). hehe. but it was so cute. i figure i'll let her do it a couple of times a week for now. a lot of times i do straighten up their room or do things that they really should be doing. i have a new goal to try and let these kiddos do a little bit more around here.

Patty said...

It is so important for children to help around the house. Experts say that they may resist your efforts to get them to work but that it makes them feel more like part of the family and gives them better self esteem. You and Joey are such good parents. Keep up the good WORK!!

-Melissa- said...

I love the quote from Pres. Hinckley. I agree it is sometimes harder to let kids do chores becuase it takes them soo long, but it is definitely worth having them learn responisbitlity.

Chrystina said...

Awesome article Holly! I read the book The Prophets Mothers and noticed all the things the children did back then. It totally changed my outlook on chores for my kids! Great mom!

cyndi/mom/nana said...

I loved this article by President Hinckley. Responsibilities are great. Aubrey looks so grown up doing the dishes great job Aubrey. I always notice Ella as well she loves to tidy up things and she's really good at it. Cali is so cute when she does it as well. It's always nice and great to teach responsibility. Of course I have to admit I am guilty of bribery at times when mine were growing up and it was incentive (he he) anyway, I believe they have all pretty much have done great in their lives. Great job you guys. Keep up the good work Aubrey, Ella and Cali.

hoLLy said...

i'm not claiming to have never used bribery-heck yeah, i do sometimes:) i just think there are certain responsibilities that the kids should just be responsible for without expecting a reward. when they go above and beyond, we definitely reward that!