Building Strong Character
Chores as all things have a place in our society and in our homes. The very things we fight against often strengthen us. Building strong, moral, Christian character starts at the very essence of our being. Being dedicated, determined, focused, goal orientated, adaptable, loyal, and multitasking are all skills we each need at some point in our lifetime. Whether it is raising a family, being a supervisor, a teacher, policeman, or a student in a classroom all professions need those set of skills that chores have the ability to teach and strengthen in all individuals at any age.
The nature of this case comes to define the definition of chore and how chores have been discriminated by its name and by the gender that take on its tasks. I do not agree with the condition for which chores have been given a bad light, degraded, and devalued as unworthy of appreciation or attention. Chores should have a voice, a place in our homes and society, and not such a negative stigma just by uttering the very word chore. Regardless of what name chores have been call (dirty work, mess work, house work, or horse work) it can be used as a liaison between a parent and a child to cultivate and strengthen family values that can lead to developing a sense of love and respect for one another as well as learning a sense of accomplishment and discipline of finishing assigned tasks. It is all in the mindset of the parent, the example set for the child, and how the parent places the meaning of the definition of chore into their child’s mind. Under the right guidance, chores become one of the most powerful tools a self-sufficient household will ever need to function and have order in daily activities. I reiterate under the right guidance and placement, chores help children to develop a sense of responsibility and take pride in
References: Smiley, J. (1995, June). The Case Against Chores. Harper’s Magazine. The BibleGateway. (2014). Ecclesiastes 3:1-22. Retrieved February 2, 2014, from http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes+3&version=KJV.