Monday, April 20, 2009

Are Your Children Team Players?

Are Your Children Team Players?

I am a mother who firmly believes in teamwork! I have learned that the more children I have, the more we ALL need to work together to make our home a peaceful, happy place.

Do you just do things for your children because it is easier to not “make” them do it? Yes, it is a real hassle and a pain in the neck to teach your children to do chores the right way. It takes training and consistency! It takes TIME! Time is something that mommies seem to be short of. It also takes patience.

Do you want lazy, irresponsible children? Do you want whiners, who go around saying “I’m bored” or “I have nothing to do.” Giving them responsibility gives them something worthwhile to do. It’s training them for the future. It’s teaching them to be diligent in all kinds of areas. If it’s pets, then they are learning how to keep something alive! If it’s housekeeping, their future spouses will thank you for a well-trained mate.

I read this quote off of an email and I just had to share it with you.

“If Mommy does everything for them, then what we're really saying is that their "help" is not required. How sad. Put them to work; give them responsibility (and the privileges that come from it!). They are a part of the TEAM - an important family player! Give them a taste of real life so that they can grow up and serve others, too. Smothering them with servitude which only goes in one direction equals the wrong kind of "sheltering." Let it flow both ways and enjoy a happy, well-balanced household.”

Amen to that! If we teach them to be team players at home, then they will hopefully grow up to be team players in their work places, marriages, and most importantly in God’s Kingdom.

From One Mom to Another,

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

That is so true. My hubby and I were just discussing this. We're gonna start chores, for the first time, in the summer. Less stress for me. :)

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