I remember being in the hospital after delivering the twins and answering questions from myriad hospital staff about how I handled such a large family. Of course, everyone there was completely shocked that these twins were my 8th and 9th children. They asked how I could possibly deal with so many children and one nurse even asked if the twins were "mistakes". Yeah, these beautiful babies cuddled together in their plastic hospital bassinet, anxiously awaited for 20 years, were "mistakes"...
I just wanted to scream. But I didn't, instead addressing almost all of these inquiries by saying that my kids were huge helps to me, and that they can cook, clean and drive and I didn't know how I would handle things without them!
This questioning made me realize how very important it is that we teach our children to serve others. I really can't imagine how I would handle such a family as this, had they not been taught to work. Certainly most of the time it would have been easier to sit them in front of the TV and do it myself, but the payoff now that they are older has been HUGE!
There are many ways I try to teach our children to serve, the following example being just one...
Every Saturday I sit at my island, look around the house, and make a list of the tasks that need to be accomplished. Sometimes I cut this list into strips and have the kids draw their tasks from a mug. Other times I assign them by each child's ability. Of course, my kids shout for joy when they see this list as they love nothing more than Saturday chores. NOT. Even so, I find it so rewarding to have the kids accomplish things that need to get done, while building a work ethic at the same time. One day they'll thank me. (Oh, and thanks mom, for making us scrub the toilets every Saturday. It was great!)
Last Saturday, because we had already accomplished most of the deep cleaning in preparation for our Thanksgiving feast, we didn't have much to do once the weekend came. However, there were a few tasks that needed to be accomplished, and for some reason, I feel the desire to share my random Saturday chore list with you, crossed off and all. Here it is...(the letters by each chore are the initials of various children)
Thanks for listening.
...and now, for your holiday enjoyment... (This video is totally cool.)