I’m teaching them to not just do what I’ve asked them, but to make sure it’s done well. When my kids hear “go the extra mile”, it’s a reminder to try to do everything possible to do a great job. After all, we’re trying to do our work “as unto the Lord.”
Leaving something undone or missing out on a few details may be technically acceptable, but it’s much more of a blessing to “go the extra mile.”
Once again, be sure to praise your kids when they’ve done a great job, whether it’s on a household chore, homeschool assignment, or some other task.
Of course, kids won’t become responsible overnight (some adults seem to have missed that boat entirely!) But a loving parent can do a lot to help them improve in this area.
Using these 3 magic phrases is one way I am teaching my kids responsibility.
It makes a world of difference in their attitudes and helps them to be a blessing to the whole family in our busy household.
Sarah Mueller blogs at Early Bird Mom, keeping your family intentional and organized. Make sure you grab her latest subscriber freebie, 10 Easy Ways to Start Organizing (Even when you don’t feel like it).