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.