The Bible is filled with warnings of laziness and idleness, and yet as a parent it is so much easier (short term anyway) to train our children to be just that. "M" loves to help out, but yet far too often I find myself saying something along the lines of "why don't you go play with your [toy] while Mommy does [chore]". Why? Because training our children to help out and be hard workers takes time and patience - lots of it! It means that some milk may be spilt and some flour lost. It means having to explain every little step. It means waiting while those tiny hands figure out how to complete the task. It requires costant supervision. It takes hard work on my part as a mom! Of course there are some things that are too "dangerous" for little ones to be around, but there are lots of things I do in the course of a day that I could be teaching them to do. I
should be encouraging her to be my little helper, not discouraging it, for the eternal rewards (and earthly) far outweigh any inconvenience in my day.
"Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth"