All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
The book of Proverbs in the Bible has many verses on hard work but how many of us as parents are willing to do the hard work to help our kids value hard work? In a society where pleasure is the goal, how many of us are willing to say “feel free to go to the movies when you have your chores done”? It is hard work to stand strong against the energy of an entitled teenager.
I was talking with my neighbor about this and she pointed me to a massive wood pile that they are stacking in their yard. I mean massive, like a 9 foot wall of wood that goes on for 30 feet. She laughed when we talked about raising boys (as she has 3 of them) and she told me that when I see her kids chopping wood we know they were in trouble. What a great gift a wood pile makes in teaching those boys about the value of hard work. Not only can they work off their frustration but they can look with pride at what they have done splitting all of that wood. Then as they use that wood to serve the community for barbecues their kids can see the fruit of their labor.
Let’s stand strong as parents and do the hard work to hold the boundaries in our families that allow are kids to value hard work. God will be pleased, we will be pleased as our kids become more fun to be around and our kids in the long run will be pleased as they will learn the rewards of a task well done.
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