Today many of the things that required time and effort in the past can be done in seconds. When was the last time you used a washboard or pulled an encyclopedia of the shelf? We don’t even have to walk to the bottom of the driveway and back to get the news anymore!
In this environment, parents need to equip kids through hard work. If we want our kids to be hard workers in this age of convenience, we need to give them first-hand experience with hard work.
Why Digital Conveniences Can Make it Necessary to Prepare and Equip Kids Through Hard Work
Today, we are able to have all of our questions answered with the push of a few buttons. Surrounded by touch screens, high speed internet, and lightning-quick computers, we can forget how easy we actually have it. Our children have been steeped in this environment since birth, and it is possible that the quick convenience of all this can be harmful to their mental, physical, and even spiritual health.
Parents today need to ensure that their kids have access to situations where hard work and responsibility are still required—situations that present themselves through things like chores or volunteering for church work projects. Sure, you may be able to pay someone else to cut the grass or fix the fence, but you would be missing opportunities to teach your children through the experience and satisfaction of honest hard work—things that will equip and bless your kids as they grow older. In the words of Proverbs 29:21, “A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent.” This same concept can apply to our children as well.
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