As a mom of soon-to-be nine children, including five energetic sons, I am always thinking about ways they can improve on their character, let's face it, our children need guidance and direction and we are whom God has provided to oversee this ever-important area in their lives. One of the areas I am convinced that every boy needs is to learn the value or work. I believe it refines their character and builds them into the men they need to learn to become one day. I am always on the lookout for new jobs for them to do around the home and yard. I like this quote I read earlier this morning:
"In the education of boys today we've lost the importance of work as a most effective tutor. What is the good of knowing how to read or write if a young man doesn't have the heart to work, to produce, and to create? Boys are often forced to sit for hours, year after year, in front of books.
Modern child-labor laws hinder and even prevent them learning to enjoy strenuous work. Then, after twelve to sixteen years of inactivity, folks wonder why all their teenager wants to do is sit on the couch playing games.
A boy who loves to work will master math when its needed. He'll put out the effort to read what's important. In the meantime, his interaction with things that are "actual and practical" will provide the wisdom he needs to direct him into useful pursuits, and empower him to provide for a family of his own in days to come.
Within every man is the desire to work and produce. Some men don't even know that it's there. However, when necessity or some pressing authority pushes him into a useful position of employment his sense of work comes alive. I've employed many lazy boys who couldn't imagine work as something other than a necessary evil required to gain money for a toy. However, given time and proper instruction, they lazy lads have turned into dynamos working for the simple pleasure of work, disregarding the hardships and the pay."
-Bob Schultz, Created for Work: Practical Insight for Young Men
Raising sons can be a challenge, but I personally enjoy how different they are from my girls. Often times I think about how easy it is to care for them, just feed them and just send them outside! But honestly though, working on their character and helping them to grow in their spiritual walk with our Savior is so important and a key priority that we all need to be steadfast about and keep in front of us.
How do you teach your sons to work?
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