Saturday, December 8, 2012

Train up a child...


"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

How many times have you read that scripture?  I'm sure you knew immediately upon reading the title of this post that those very words would be posted somewhere within the text.

Do your kiddos have chores?  Did you have chores when you were a kid?

Our kids are 12 and 8.  They each have chores.  We break them into two categories:  Category 1 chores you do because you're a responsible member of the family and we all work together.  Category 2 chores you do in order to get allowance.  If you don't work, you don't get paid.  It's a simple concept. 

      Category 1 chores include: 
            __Feed and water the dog (AJ in the morning, KK in 
                the afternoon)
            __Let the dog out to go to the bathroom
            __Put away your own laundry
            __Bring dirty laundry to the hamper for sorting
            __picking up your own belongings

      Category 2 chores include:
            __clearing the table after meals (alternate nights)
            __washing dishes / loading the dishwasher (alternate 
                nights) 
            __setting the dinner table
            __making dinner beverages for the family 
            __cleaning your bedroom
            __cleaning up your items from the bathroom
            __helping to clean out the messes from the car on 
                weekends
            __helping to weed the landscape (a couple times a 
                year)

I want to train my children to be responsible members of society.  I want them to know the value of hard work, and have a good work ethic.  I think all children are born with a feeling that something is owed to them, and it's our responsibility as parents to teach them that they have to work for what they get - it has to be earned - it isn't given.

Do your kids have chores?  Are you training your children in the way they should go?

Only By His Grace,

Billie






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