In the classic children's story The Little Red Hen, a frustrated mother hen tries her best to enlist help as she goes through the long process of making bread. Each step of the way she asks her friends for their cooperation, and each declines, carefully explaining why they cannot be of service to her. Yet as the story concludes, everyone wants to participate once she takes the bread out of the oven. Every mother has felt like the little red hen.
Should we give young children chores? What are some benefits of getting your children to help you? Does God's Word support helping? These are some of the questions we will be looking at in this study.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 22:6; 1 Samuel 17:14–15; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Ephesians 6:4; Philippians 2:3–4; Colossians 3:17, 20, 23
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: Even young children can benefit from chores.
—Teaching point two: Letting your children help is not always easy.
—Teaching point three: Letting children help with chores develops their ability to be other focused.
—Teaching point four: Doing chores is great practice for working in the real world.
• Apply Your Findings
• Additional Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIAN PARENTING TODAY
• The Heart of Housework, by Teri Brown (Fall 2002, 4 printed pages)
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