In Bill Bennett’s book, The Book of Virtues, he lists work as one of the top ten virtues. Most historians agree that Western culture was built on the work ethic. In the family, much work needs to be done. The question is who will do the work and with what attitude? In a healthy family work is seen as an act of love, as something noble and godly.
How do you build this attitude into the hearts of your children? First, by your model. When you say to a child, “I just love making breakfast for you,” you are demonstrating an attitude of service. Second, by celebrating the service that is already being done. Around the table, Johnny says, “one way in which Dad served me today is…” And every one says, “Yeah, Dad.”