Several months ago I had “bootcamp” for obedience training. I am about to embark on bootcamp yet again.
Bootcamp is where I have one child with an issue and I dedicate x-amount of time and energies to training that one area. As I said, last time we were dealing with obedience, especially in the area of answering back. Today I start on bootcamp to deal with attitude towards work.
Go to the Ant you sluggard – consider her ways
Expressions of the attitude we are seeing:
- Finds excuses to get out of work
- Doesn’t finish chores
- Works slowly
- Excuses, excuses, excuses
Attitude we would like to see:
- willingness to work
- energetic worker – whole heart and body
- shows initiative
- goes the extra mile
- cheerful worker
I am going to use this song as the basis of my heart training. Songs are a good way to get to the children’s hearts – they sing them throughout the day and yet often don’t stop to listen to the words. We will be discussing the words, and finding application in our lives.
Song by Judy Rogers
(scroll down to #2)
Key lessons I want to discuss:
Why do parents scold
Refer to the Bible
Ant – works all day, doesn’t need to be told, works hard, doesn’t complain
Sluggard – ignored word, foolish, poverty (doin’ without)
Offer to help
Hope someone else will do it
Complain, whine, excuses
Imitate the Ant
Finding time for the training:
The consequence and the framework for training is that I will have this child working by my side for an extra period of time each day. She will be the one I call on if I need extra work to be done throughout the day. This training time, Boot Camp, will chew into her free time. My hope is that we will build our relationship as we work together as well – rather than this being a time of discipline. This means I will have to have
- time everyday where I am working on household chores
- a list of extra chores that we can work on
Today we are going to treat the leather lounges and clean out the fridge.
Articles I have read on Work Ethic / training in the past