Someday I won’t be able to make my kids work hard, today is NOT that day!
My boys have informed me on several occasions that I’m not doing as good of a job raising their sisters as far as table manners and the like as I did with them. 😜 When it comes to issues such as being considerate, respectful and good people who put their all into everything they do my parenting beliefs and practices do not waiver. I have noticed however that I have become lazy in some areas with the girls, I tend to do things myself instead of putting in the extra time and effort required to have them do whatever it may be for themselves. I was really tired and buried in work today so considered blowing off another opportunity to teach my girls some important lessons. Instead though I put my priorities in proper order and took them to earn money to help pay for their summer camps. They did a great job, but they needed to be prodded to stay busy which is a definite contrast from their brothers and evidence that I need to pick it up in this area with them. “Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.” Robert Heinlein. As a mom my first instinct is to want to do everything for my kids and to make their lives perfect, but that won’t help them become strong successful individuals. I will do everything that I can for my kids, including taking the hard route now so that they are not stuck on a hard route later.
Today was a lot of work!