Do your children seem like more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to household chores? Learn how to make housework a family affair on today’s Home School Heartbeat, with HSLDA President Mike Smith and author Marilyn Rockett.
Marilyn, we’ve been talking this week about organization and the homeschool mom. But one mom can’t do it all on her own. How can she train her children in important life skills so they can help her, too?
Training your children is a very big part of a mom’s job. I wasn’t trained to manage a home and I determined that my daughters, if I had any, would know how to do the things I had to learn the hard way. Of course, God gave me four sons! But girls and boys need to learn the basics. The goal is to train children so they can function in their own future homes. You can’t just send them off to clean their rooms or sweep or wash dishes or whatever. You have to supervise—and supervise—and supervise! The follow-up is the most important part. Hold children accountable for what you’ve taught them, if you don't, they’ll be the ones who suffer in the future. I say a great deal in my book about training your children because it’s vitally important. It doesn’t matter how well they do their school lessons if they don’t know how to manage their lives. Proverbs 31:27 says, “She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.” That’s a mom’s principle job. And if listeners would like a free clean room chart that may help them train their children, they can go to www.MarilynRockett.com.
Next time, we’ll talk about how families can reach out to others from their homes. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.