Sunday, January 4 begins the great experiment in my household. You’re asking, “What’s the great experiment?'” Let me explain.
God has blessed us with great kids. We don’t have any serious problems out of them. They are well mannered and, for the most part, they get along with others. But, they are teens and still struggle with lots of things. One of those things is a very natural thing with which to struggle as a young person–MATURITY.
Like every parent of teens, we sometimes struggle with the best ways to teach our children about maturity. Recently, a friend of mine told me a definition of maturity that brought a new perspective for me. He said that we begin to mature when we realize that we are not only responsible for ourselves, but we are responsible for the well-being of others. Mom used to say that there were some things I would not understand until I kids of my own. Maybe that was her way of expressing this definition of maturity. I’ve always thought that if I could get my kids to take care of others, (especially those of their own household) they would begin to mature.
So, beginning Sunday, our four children will be in charge of the household. They will clean all the clothes, take out the trash, wash the dishes, purchase groceries with their own money, and cook the food. They will be responsible for each other, any company who comes, and us.
The lesson we hope is learned here is responsibility. We want them to know what it’s like for us, as parents, to have to be concerned day by day for their well-being.
I will try and let you know from day to day how this is going. Please pray for us in this. I sure want this to go well. If it don’t, I might not get to eat supper or wear clean clothes. 🙂