There are some things that I know that I want for my boys.
First and foremost I want them to know, love, honor, and serve God.
I also want them to become men of integrity. Men who are kind & considerate. I would like them to be gentlemen.
In addition to all that, it is my desire that they would be hard workers just as the men before them. My father and grandfather, my husband, my father-in-law, my husband's grandfather....all these men who have had a strong work ethic.
I do not want my boys to get sucked into the mentality of a generation that seems to embrace laziness, entitlement, and takes little self-responsibility.
So, when trying to get my boys to do a few simple chores results in whining, moaning, complaining, stalling, arguing, etc. etc., it's annoying & exhausting. And, I envision them as teenagers behaving the same way and that's just downright scary!
I would love for them to do their chores willingly and with enthusiasm.
But, I'm also realistic. I can't say I do my own work around the house with a ton of enthusiasm.
Having them do their chores obediently and without whining (and all the above mentioned theatrics) would be great!
I had this book for awhile and if I remember it had some really great tips. And, it was based on biblical principles. It's called, Do I Have To? What To Do About Children Who Do Too Little Around The House by Patricia Sprinkle.
But, I'm not sure where it is anymore. Did I get rid of it? Why would I have done that?
I did find the author's website and it looks like she even has out a new edition of the book.
I would like to reread the book. But, in the meantime, I'd love to hear what works for all of you. Will my children reach a point where they work without whining...if I'm consistent? Am I expecting too much of them? Actually, I'll answer that one for myself. NO. I'm not expecting too much.
Anyway, I'd love your thoughts & insight!