Even a child finds satisfaction in a job well done.
We live in a pleasure-obsessed society. So many people exist for the weekend. It is true that everyone needs a certain amount of downtime and children do learn a lot through play...but too much leisure in a youngster's life can bring listlessness and discontentment. Even a young child will find great satisfaction in working hard and ajob well done.
Dr. Leila Denmark encouraged mothers to train their children to work hard. Enlisting their help with household chores is a great way to start the training and develop lifelong habits of industry. Read on to learn an effective approach...
Hi, I’m Madia. I have eleven children and one of the greatest privileges of my life was to know Dr. Leila Denmark. She practiced pediatrics for over 75 years and was my mentor for 32 years.
I can hardly express how much she helped me, both with the children’s medical issues and family life challenges. I would love to share what she taught me with you.
Teach them to Work Hard
1. Be a good example! Mom and Dad, do you work hard? Remember, your children are always watching you. Never ask them to be what you are not willing to be. Dr. Denmark always said, “You get apples off apple trees!”
2. Work together. There is certainly a place for commissioning kids to do chores while you are focused on something else, but generally it helps to work together, especially when they are young. Working together is more likely to develop a sense of teamwork.
3. Nurture a helpful attitude. It’s especially effective if Dad says things like, “Mommy looks tired. Let's clean the kitchen for her.” ( music to a mom’s ears!)
4. Declutter your home. It must have been easy for Laura Ingalls Wilder to help her mother neaten the house. Pioneer families had next-to-no toys, papers, gadgets or décor so..very little to dust, sort or trip over! Don't overwhelm little children by jamming their bedrooms full of stuff and expecting them to keep it all straight.
5. Designate a place for everything and make sure your kids know where to put things back. That way they are less tempted to stuff everything under the bed! if you can't figure out where to put something, maybe it needs to be donated.
6. Start training early. Typically, little children are energetic and eager to help Mommy. Start instructing before lazy habits settle in. It’s challenging to train a little person and initially it might take longer to get the job done with their help. Howev