A Strong Family Works Together!

10 11 2012

Growing up my immediate family was very close.  We spent a lot of time together and were always there to help each other out whenever needed.   We worked on the household chores together as well as the yard work.  We were a family unit and that is how we functioned.

When people grow up and have their own children they begin choosing which part of childhood they would like to pass on to their children and which areas they would like to improve upon.  One thing I am very thankful for is that my parents did not raise me to be lazy, in turn I am trying to teach my boys the same.

In my last post I talked about giving children Responsibility Charts in order to help instill good values including personal accountability.  In addition to giving the kiddos tasks that they are responsible for, I also believe that parents should have the same accountability towards their children.  If children are expected to help out with adult tasks, then parents should help out with child tasks, aka. play.

What better time to show them this then an over night snowfall.

When the boys peaked their heads outside this morning, their thoughts were of snow play.  Our thoughts were of clearing the driveway.  So, we made a deal with them.  They boys needed to help out by clearing the snow from the driveway and in turn we will help them build a huge snowman.

So as a family we got right to work!

After that, we were hard at play!

And in the end, we were all very happy campers!

The fun Snowman Kit was a gift the boys received last Christmas.

So, the next time you have a large task to complete, have the kids help out.  In turn make sure you show them equal consideration by devoting some time to them.  Just another way to instill strong values while creating awesome family memories.

What are some childhood values you would like to pass on?




One response

11 11 2012

Looks like you had a great day! I love the idea of family chores! When you work together, the quicker the chores get done and the quicker you get to the PLAY part of the day! What a good mama!

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