As and adult, I see what a wonderful thing it was I was taught to work and work hard. When we complained about doing our chores my mother would often sing a hymn to us:
"The world has need of willing men who wear the worker's seal.
Come, help the good work move along;
Put your shoulder to the wheel.
"Put your shoulder to the wheel push along,
Do your duty with a heart full of song,
We all have work; let no one shirk.
Put your shoulder to the wheel."
I want my children to learn the value of work. Also, to learn the value of budgeting and how to spend money. I think those two things are greatly neglected now days. People think they can get by on charm and a smile, and don't have to put in a lick of good old fashioned work. And money will always come from the skies, no matter how you spend it. And then one day they wake up drowning in debt, and are so unhappy because they did not learn the pleasure of work. I declare that my little chidlers will never be accounted with those people.
And so, I made some jars for my Keithy.
Going off an idea from my sister in law, I am going to teach both values at once. When we go to the store and Keith wants a toy, I will buy it for him. But then he cannot have it until he earns it. A nickle for each chore completed. A nickle for the bed being made. For teeth being brushed. For being obedient. For listening, etc. When he has earned enough, we will go through the money, set aside 10% for tithing, 10% for savings, and then he can spend the rest on his toy. This way, my little one will know what it is to work. He will know what it is to earn his own money, and he will know how to save it.
Speaking of work....
The car port. I am going to at least get started on it. I cannot guarantee I will complete it, but beginning is half the battle, right? *le sigh* I only wish I could embrace the whole work ethic better. I know I will love it when it is done, as I am loving my patio. But the whole getting started bit is the hard part. And throwing memories away is the even harder part. But I will be strong and purge! Look at me go.