Training Up Workers at Home
Have you ever thought about what you are teaching your kids about working at home? Do you ever think about how your attitude about working at home will affect your children’s ideas of whether or not they can work at home?
Homeschooling gives you an excellent opportunity to train your children to work at home.
I think that one thing my children have learned is that a good wage can actually be made by working at home and being your own boss. In these days when families HAVE to have two incomes, a mom working at home can really help with the family finances.
Another thing my children have learned is that working at home is HARD WORK, sometimes harder work than going into an office every day. When you work at home, you usually have to work longer hours or odd hours. And sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to do that.
We have also tried to teach our children the truth to I Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, If any will not work, neither let him eat.” This verse is often discussed in our house. When they are required to do their own chores around the house, and I get complaints, then I remind them of what God says, ” If any will not work, neither let him eat.” It really brings things down to their basic level – daily sustenance. It teaches them that we don’t work just to obtain money to buy neat things – we work because God says that in order to eat, a man MUST work.
So, how can you give your children an opportunity to learn the benefits of working at home first hand? Let them start their own business!
If your children are older, early teens and up, you do them a great service by helping them start a business of their own. Some of the skills they will receive are scheduling, budgeting, financial training, people skills, and more. What better way to prepare them for the real world?
Years ago, I purchased a book that my children have read again and again called Better Than a Lemonade Stand! Small Business Ideas for Kids by then fifteen-year-old Daryl Bernstein. It is a great book to give ideas to your children! Some of the ideas listed include:
- Babysitting Broker
- Car Washer
- Dog Walker
- Flyer Distributor
- Garbage Can Mover
- Party Helper
- Price Shopper
- Silver Polisher
And the list goes on!
Remember, as homeschoolers and Christians, our children are in constant training until they are no longer under our care. Don’t neglect this important part of your children’s training and help them become leaders and productive members of our society!
Kelly Ling is a work-at-home, homeschooling mother of five. She has mentored many homeschooling and work-at-home moms over the past eighteen years. Kelly also owes a home-based web design business. When not doing web design, she is constantly updating some of her homeschooling/work-at-home websites – Homeschool Top Sites, ChristianWAHM.com, WAHM Contests, and others.