Teaching a child to work is one of the biggest challenges of parenting – at least in our house hold.

I also think it is one of the most important things we can do for him.  Let’s face it, working is necessary in all lives, and the sooner he learn to do it well the sooner he will be able to find joy in life.

And for our  boy, like many others of his age group, work is not always embraced as a joyful part of the day.  Especially if it is homework or in-the-house work (like cleaning his room, wiping down the bathroom or vacuuming the stairs).

But this weekend we found the weed-wacker to be a great way to learn the joy of work.  It is a long power tool, and the male gender has a very special relationship with power tools – the longer the better.

Thus we didn’t get any complaints from J about his first time out with the trimmer.  And he stayed engaged with the chore for quite a while.

In fact sometimes it looked as if he might be dancing with the machine.


Not a single complaint with this chore.

Wish they were all that way.

This is one of those things I can mark down as “progress” – Progress in parenting skills.

Categories: Daily life, J, kids, Photography, Progress | 3 Comments

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  1. Ahh, the male species. Give ’em something that powers up and they’re happy. Extra points if it makes noise too 😉 Glad his first outing with the weed whacker was a happy one!

  2. Looks like he is doing a great job!

  3. I just danced with the weed-eater myself today. . .although our grass was more on the yellow side. Such a gratifying activity! Go J!

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