To work and set goals

smiling tree stumpLane and Nate worked SO hard over hours and hours to remove a tree stump from our yard. Once it was finally removed, we put a smiling face on it and took a picture. It was a kind of trophy, not to mention an answer to prayer and a reminder of how hard work, perseverance and faith help us triumph over the obstacles of life. It also is a reminder of lots of great experiences we have had working alongside our children.

While Nate and Lane worked so long on removing it, the stump didn’t come out until after after Nate left on his mission. Lane received a letter from Nate with some ideas about getting it out the same week that Lane got it removed. We loved emailing this photo to him.

Teaching children to work by working together is one of the great blessings of being a parent. Here are some posts about teaching children to work or set goals:

Family Council goal sign

Family Power Preschool

2017: Ask (Contains links to 6 pages of posts related to my 6 goal areas for 2017)

10 things

New year, new theme, new white board look (setting goals in the New Year)

The tidying FHE lesson

3 principles for teaching children to clean up after themselves

Righteous goals that fire the imagination

What was good about your day? A new approach to accountability

Morning peas, please

The load (summer self-management program)

Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy

 Elder Livi loves physical labor on his mission

Saturday jobs and rewards

Job lists and how we affect other families when we assign our children jobs

Jobs we have tried to teach our children to do (like cleaning toilets)

Finnish Children’s Songs

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