On Saturday afternoon Keith was tinkering with the truck, which happens to be the same model that both the boys drive. Before you know it, they all were leaning under the hood.
There is something magical and bonding when a man is teaching a skill to his sons. By doing so, he is sending the unspoken message that says, “You are worthy of my time and attention. Lets be men together.”
Children are never too young to help out in one way or another. In this photo, Andrew is not quite a year and he loved to sweep even though he was still in his walking frame! Too often I have come across families where the children are shielded from chores and hard work.
Some parents seem to believe that childhood is all about playing with toys and just “enjoying being a kid”. I feel sorry for those kids. They may be happy go lucky kids, but what age do you suddenly start to try and teach them some life skills? Whether it be house work such as sweeping or dishes or something more exciting such as building on a new porch roof or a deck around the pool.
If you don’t teach them to help out in what little way they can as small tikes, doesn’t it come as a shock to them when suddenly they are expected to start helping out at say 12 years old?
By helping with jobs around the house they learned many skills that will they carry with them and use throughout their lives.
Although it doesn't show in this picture of David, they actually really enjoyed this work and had a strong sense of pride and accomplishment.