My friend Betty sent me a this story of a journey home to the Catholic Church.  It is a bit long but worth reading through to the end.  And while I was browsing the blog, I came upon her meditation from Elizabeth Elliot about work.  It is a good reminder for all of us.   The importance of teaching our children that work is a gift and should be done well for the glory of God cannot be overstated. 

As moms, we have such an opportunity to help our children appreciate the value of service to others as lived out in the day-to-day life of a family.  And for those of us fortunate enough to be teaching our children at home, the opportunities are endless for encouraging our children in their work–be it studying, serving a midday snack, helping the younger children make their beds or pick up their toys, helping a younger sibling with reading, helping with the dishes, etc.  The list of possibilities is endless, and children are far more capable than we give them credit for.  I think it is always important to remember that we are raising adults, not children, and the attitudes we form in them while young will carry into their adult lives.  Since work is a fundamental part of life, it is important to form a healthy attitude about it while we have the children in our care.

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