Mormon Channel Blog

Happy Families: Hard Work is Happiness

June 22, 2015

President David O. McKay said, “Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that the power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success.”

Some of us are still learning to love work. How can we teach our children to develop a love for it too? A few months ago, we shared ideas for encouraging young children to complete household chores—but what about teenagers? Today we have some ideas for them as well.

In the latest Happy Families episode, Christy and Jay Lewis show us how they teach their kids—ages 6 to 19—the value of work. Their oldest son is working hard on his full-time mission to share the gospel in Mexico. His siblings are building their own working habits at home.

They have discovered that work is rewarding in many ways. For example, when personal and family chores are complete, Christy and Jay’s kids are allowed to host parties for their friends.

The key to motivating your own teenagers to get things done is reminding them of the rewards that will come to them as a result. Consider the rewards below, discuss them with your kids, and implement them in your family culture.

  1. The reward of happiness that comes from serving others.
  2. The reward of personal time and playtime after the work is done.
  3. The reward of spending time together, deepening your love for and understanding of each other.
  4. The reward of praise and encouragement from parents.
  5. The reward of personal confidence and valuable skills.

What benefits of hard work do you enjoy most? How do you share these principles with your kids or siblings? Your ideas are important—share them in the comments.