Hip Hip Hurray for Home Heroes

Happy Mother’s Day! Happy Father's Day! What happens the other 364 days?

Friends have compared parents to the cathedral builders of old: they never saw the finished work of their daily efforts which are now widely admired. 

No need to wait for future generations.  Help your children recognize Mom and Dad's contribution today. It's key to life success.

Happy Mom Makes Home Happy
Moods are contagious. When Mom is optimistic, Genevieve’s problem becomes manageable. No one wants to remember the days Dad is unhappy! Instead, recall these proverbs:

- A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face;
a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day. (1)

- A twinkle in the eye means joy in the heart,
and good news makes you feel fit as a fiddle. (2)

“Thanks, Mom” in word and deed makes homes fit as a fiddle and ready for love.

Work and Fun is For Everyone
When darling Tanguy (the French movie) is born, his parents vows he’s always welcome by their side…until he's still living at home at age 28. What’s going on in Tanguy’s heart of hearts?

Children talk to themselves (check their mumbling when they’re angry) in helpful ways or with unhealthy thoughts, explain Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller. Concepts like “Kids play; adults work” and “Work is no fun” lead to attitudes that hinder our children from welcoming responsibility. What’s the attraction in growing up?

Confront these subtle lies with hands on experience working alongside mom and dad (a.k.a. chores). Firsthand they’ll learn that “Everyone helps at home” and “My attitude makes work more or less fun.” One family selected kitchen tasks for their children. Since these jobs often coincided with meal prep, Mom or Dad turned work into one-on-one time. Win-win.

Home Is Fun adds wacky kids pics to chore charts. Check them out.

Helpfulness is Seductive
One day I hope to be a mother-in-law. I imagine my Valentino’s wives will expect their future husbands (now my active boys) to help at home. Give those dudes a head start on positive romance and teach them to vacuum, mop kitchen floors… The new maxim: “Real men cook, eat, and clean quiche.”

This Being Said…
Lasting fruit still does require sacrifice. Go marvel at a cathedral together. It’ll surely bring new perspectives. It did for me: Notre Dame on skateboard. Why not? C'est la vie.

(1) Proverbs Pr 15:13 and (2) Proverbs 15:30 quoted from The Message Bible

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