“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth” (Proverbs 10:4 NIV).
Kids, especially young ones, like to help. It makes them feel that they are a part of the family.
When my son was only four years old he could make his own bed. He didn’t do a very good job of it, and an hour later it might look like a tornado hit his room, but he still did it and was thrilled to do it.
Now, we’re not promising that your teenager is going to be excited to clean every weekend. At that phase, they are beginning to learn more about adult responsibilities, which will help prepare them for success once they leave home.
Teach your kids to do chores around the house. Even though it would probably be quicker for you to do the chores yourself, that isn’t going to help your children learn diligence. Think through what chores need to be done and take into account the age and skill level of your kids. Be patient. Train, but don’t be overly critical. Understand that the quality of their work will improve over time.
THE TAKE AWAY
Diligence begins at home. Train your children to be diligent by giving them specific household chores. Learning diligence at a young age will give them an advantage later on in life.
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We’ve been talking about children and teaching them about diligence, but even adults need to remain teachable. And if we will always be willing to learn we can reap the benefits in every area of our life from marriage to work.