I’ve tried the chore thing before with the kids. Assigning tasks that they’re each responsible for but it’s never really worked out. They’re all very thick-headed, and plus it seems giving orders has always prevented things from getting done more so than it did allow for them to do their best work.
After-a-while, the kids were never motivated to help out. They just wanted to play, and any sign of chore duties would put them right back into mediocre thinking; where everything is boring.
Even if they’re making money it’s still boring.
It wasn’t until I taught them what stewardship was all about, and how life is all about living to increase everything we’ve been provided.
From our mind, our health, our families and friends, to our community, our work, and our environment everything comes into our life for a reason. Not so that we can neglect, or misuse it but so we can help it become better than it used to be.
So now the kids have a little bit better understanding of what this means, and are more apt to help out around the house and get things done. They do it because they want to, not because they’re being forced to. Though I’m not going to lie, sometimes we have to go behind them and get onto them for slacking off but for the most part, I think they’re getting it.
We just started a new system. They understand that some cultures are not graced with as much free time as we have, so they feel very grateful when I say they can have three hours of free time a day to be lazy or just waste it away however they want. Everything else is about increase.
During the summer from 9am to 9pm they are basically always in the mindset of how can I increase my world, or make something better than it used to be.
When we’re together as a family doing fun things those hours count, because it allows them to invest in the family. They just can’t be lazy until their three hour waste period, which they’ve chosen to be from 3pm to 6pm everyday. Every other hour is all about making something better.
If they’re ever sitting around doing nothing and it’s not a waste period, then I’ll be sure to remind them, “Make yourself useful”.
This is creating an amazing environment for us, and everybody is working but it’s like we make a game out of it throughout the day. We don’t need T.V. or Video games all day; our creativity is sparked by the idea of making things better than they used to be. It makes life a lot more fresh and exciting, and plus it keeps the weeds from growing.
Sure beats barking orders. By empowering, they’re learning to march to beat of their own drum and deliver amazing fruits.
How do you teach others around you that they too can be empowered to make their world better than it was?
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