Raising the women who will shape the next generation is an important task. Just teaching all the practical aspects of homemaking can be overwhelming as we seek to equip our daughters to be managers of their homes and that’s the ‘easy’ part.
Here is one practical tip that I’ve implemented that has made training our children in the practical aspects of home making much less daunting. That tip is: Don’t do it alone.
Whatever the task, from doing the laundry or baking bread to painting or vacuuming, try to include your children. I guarantee that this will take a considerable investment of time and energy, particularly in the beginning, but it will pay big dividends.
God created little ones to enjoy helping their mommas.
If you nurture this gift, you will find that as they grow they will continue to delight in the companionship they find as they work by your side.
If you don’t do it alone:
You will naturally be investing time in a relationship with your children.
Deuteronomy 4:6-9 hints at the importance of this relationship. Working side-by-side provides time to talk of the matters of the heart as well as to share the simple stories of the day.
Your children will learn how to do many of the regular household tasks.
Over time you will find that much of your home maker training has already been done. We never enrolled our children in (or taught) a cooking class, but all of our children, who are old enough, know how to cook. They also know how to wash and fold laundry, refinish a deck, paint walls, install rain gutter book shelves, sew and much more.
Your children will learn to work.
God created us for work. Sin made it so that our nature revolts against it. Training our children to work from the time they are young gives them the opportunity to develop self-discipline and builds a habit of work that they will need throughout their life.
The benefits of following this ‘Don’t do it alone’ rule are greater than children who learn to work. It’s about time. Time spent not just keeping a home clean or getting dinner on the table, but time spent investing in our precious children.
And isn’t investing the time that God has given us into that which is eternal, rather than that which is temporal something that is worth striving toward?