Hard work is a part of life. Staying at a job till it is done is a necessary self-discipline to possess. It is not always fun to jump into the yard work or the laundry rather than sit and passively view TV all night; but it is part of being responsible.
Our responsibility to our children, and to the God who gave them to us, is to prepare them for the future. To mold them shape them and direct them towards a successful path. No matter the task at hand or the chore to be accomplished our first duty as parents is the shaping, the training and the encouraging of the boys at our side. Our boys will need to be good men, productive adults, and excellent husbands and exceptional fathers. They need to be ready to cuddle a sick child or to work all night in the bitter cold to keep a pond from freezing up for the live stock. They need to be self sacrificing and work till the job is done and done well; putting their family and others first.
Our boys jump into hard work and thrive on being right there beside Daddy or momma in all daily tasks. We strive to limit as much as possible the time they must, for safety reasons, be excluded. We endeavor to talk about work, tasks and chores in a positive light and to encourage their eagerness about upcoming work. We make every effort to portray life as “fun and work” but “work first, then reward yourself”. I admit it is more of a challenge to momma or daddy to ‘share the work’ but the long term benefits of allowing a 5 year to cut cedar trees, a 3 year to sort laundry, or both the boys to shovel mulch is the worth more than gold. Today we “share the work” with them, soon our family will share the work more evenly and the day will come when they will share the work with our grandchildren. Our boys see shoveling rock or hauling trash as a joy a time to be with daddy and to ‘do for’ momma or the family. Daddy and I make every effort to encourage them, to include them, to challenge them and to nurture their innate willingness to work.