Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thirty Days of Work in he Home -- Young people and work

Tips for Parents:

For every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. Mary Poppins

1) Teach children Biblical concepts of work.
2) Teach children how to find out skills they need to know. You will not be able to teach them every work skill they might ever need to know in adult life. Teach them how to learn from books and from sound advice. A young friend of mine (10 years old) read two books about gardening and planted her own garden.
3) Make a list of work skills that you do want your children to know by the time they are adults. Both boys and girls would benefit from knowing skills such as the following: knowing how to sew on a button; knowing how to cook a few meals; knowing when to have the oil changed on a car; how to shop wisely; how to handle money, etc. Every adult needs a few basic survival skills to utilize in situations such as before marriage, if single for life, or if married and a spouse is ill or absent for a short time. Teach those skills as is age-appropriate.
4) Learn what chores are appropriate for what age children, and assign children chores. Doing some work to help the family household is so beneficial for children. Don't just hand out chores and assume that your children know how to do them or that they will perform them to your satisfaction. Break them down into steps and help your children to complete each step if they have trouble doing. Always teach and train first. Only after a child has mastered a skill should you enact corrective discipline.
5) Cultivate the attitude that we all love each other and want to keep our home clean and usable. Also, cultivate the attitude that we want to be able to share our home by showing hospitality. Involve children in hospitality. Help children to develop a concept of family love and teamwork.
6) Take note of any special talents for work or any particular interests that a child has. Help the child develop those particular skills. Working with a child's own God-given nature will bring the child greater joy and satisfaction in life. However, also teach the child that we can't just live up to the responsibilities that we most enjoy. We must do everything that is needed.
7) Help your child to see the benefits of work. Encourage the child for a job well done. As you go about your lives, occasionally point out things that are well-made or gardens that are beautifully kept or the way someone brought a group together with good leadership. I'm not talking about doing this in a "Why don't you do it this way" approach that overwhelms the child. This is just to help the child cultivate an eye for excellence, usefulness, and beauty and to appreciate the results of work.

For young ladies of 10- young adulthood:

1) Cultivate your own eye for things well done. Especially notice how older women do things. Take note of what is effective. Do not be critical of others. Look for the best in others and learn from the best in others. Everyone does something well.
2) Try your hand at a few different skills or crafts until you find some that truly interest you. You might discover a talent you didn't know you had or a passion that will serve you well for years to come. If you don't enjoy the skill or craft and it is not necessary to your life, now's the time to find out. In many cases you can come back to it later if you find that you want to take it up again. Some things, however, are best learned when you are young and take years to master. Don't give up something just because it takes hard work and you might be a little bored with the need to practice. Think in the long term if something is worth long years of learning and practice to master. Let your parents help you decide if it is right for you or not.
3) Keeping your room clean, your bathroom tidy, your clothing neat and fresh, and your personal care items clean and in neat order is good training for managing a larger house later on in life.
4) Helping to care for older people or babies and toddlers provides wonderful experience that you will find useful in later life.
5) Don't let yourself be influenced by peers who complain about chores or who look down on working hard to learn something. Remember that hard work will yield its joys, both now when you are young and as an investment in a happy future.

Happy Home Keeping!

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