Parenting Principle #3 -Hard Work Produces Character
As parent’s we often want to make life easier for our children. Because of our love for them we may want to buy gifts for them often, provide for their every need and offer the most simplistic options for ease in life. We may have the best of intentions, but we may be doing our children a huge disservice. Here are some considerations about this topic:
- Teach the Value of Hard Work—Making them work for what they want, and sometimes for what they need, is a deterrent to a "sense of entitlement." It also allows our children (and teens) to have some type of appreciation for labor and an understanding of the quantity of the dollar.
- Teach Responsibility—There is satisfaction that comes from completing tasks and working hard for what we have. When it is handed to us then we often fail to recognize the value and worth of an item or service. We are depriving our children of the “pride” of hard work and of the understanding of an investment of time and labor in what they have earned.
- Develop an Appreciation—They will appreciate what they work for much more than what they are given. It will teach them to care for items and value luxuries. They are more likely to care for the product they purchase and they are more likely to make a wise decision about whether they need it when it comes from their own earnings.
I hope you find these thoughts helpful along the way as you try to navigate the challenging moments of parenting. Above all these, pray. Our God loves to provide wisdom when we ask and He is always faithful to provide!
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
In His Love,
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