My girls aren’t overly fond of Saturday mornings. That’s our chore day. They have small chores that they have to do every day like make their beds, clear the table and clean up after themselves, but Saturday is the day we vacuum, mop, clean the bathrooms and dust. Barring a soccer or hockey game, Saturday morning brings chores.
Like most kids, my girls tend to whine and complain their way through their chores. They don’t like how long it takes. They don’t want to put in the effort to do the job right (which generally means they get to do it twice). They would much rather be doing something else.
Truthfully, it would be faster and easier to do those chores myself. I don’t do them myself because my kids need to learn to work. They need to learn what it means to be a part of a family that works together. They need to learn to do a job right the first time.
Our kids are growing up in an entitled world. They’re growing up in a world that has made childhood the center of the family. They’re growing up with more access to stuff than any generation before them. And a lot of times, they’re growing up not knowing how to work hard.
Too often, we hand our kids everything they want and need without making them work for it. We simply get it for them. They don’t have to learn to work. They don’t have to learn to save. They grow up thinking the world is going to hand them everything they need on a silver platter.
The truth is that when they graduate from high school or college, they’re going to be on their own. The world isn’t going to owe them anything. They’re going to have to work for the things they need. They’re going to have to do a job right the first time or they’ll lose it. They’re going to find that nothing gets handed to them on a silver platter.
That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to teach our kids the value of work when they’re young. It’s one of the reasons that chores are so important. It’s one of the reasons that making our kids redo a poorly done job is imperative.
God asks us to do everything as if we’re doing it for Him (Colossians 3:17). He asks us to follow Him and do His work. If we’re not raising kids who know how to work hard, then we’re not raising kids who can follow God well. We’re not raising kids who will stick with a tough task that God has given them because they never learned how to do something hard.
Our kids need to know how to work hard. They need to know the sense of accomplishment of a job well done. They need to know what it’s like to earn and manage money. And they need to know how to do those things before they leave our homes. They need to be able to make mistakes, suffer the consequences of a job done poorly, and enjoy the rewards of a job done well before they’re in a situation where it matters.
If you aren’t giving your kids opportunities to learn about hard work, start today. They need to know how to work hard not just to survive in the world when they’re grown but also because God doesn’t always ask us to do the easy stuff.