The Value of Hard Work

{my Momma and baby me}

{my Momma and baby me}
One of the things I most appreciate about my Momma,
was how she instilled the value of hard work
within me at an early age.

Now, at the time, I was not quite as appreciative.
I remember waking up as a kid on a Saturday morning,
making grand plans for the day.
I would play in the tree house,
catch some frogs,
dig a mud hole for my plastic army men
and then look for lizards.
{yes, I was ever-so-slightly a tom boy}

{goofy 12 year old me}

And I remember being so bummed
to find a list of chores that had to get done
before I could go on with my grand plans.
I mumbled, 
I grumbled,
and I went about mowing the lawn,
picking the weeds,
taking out the trash
and doing my own laundry.

As I got older,
my Momma continued with these same principles.
The day I turned 16,
she drove me around our small town and said,
Where do you see yourself working?
Where do you think you would have fun?
I remember leading her to a Color Me Mine ceramic studio
just a few blocks from our house.
The next day, I had my first job.

{my senior year, Homecoming}

Every day that followed,
through high school
and college,
I had a job,
I did my own laundry,
and I helped around the house.

Sure I griped at times.
I wasn’t perfect,
but I was learning.
For my Momma,
it wasn’t about the money,
it was about the responsibility.
About the life lessons I would learn.
The character I would build.
About the value of a dollar,
and the importance of managing my earnings.

{right before I left for college}
I can’t put a price on this principle she taught me.

I can only hope to be able to instill the same values within my kiddos.

But it’s hard.
Things are different from when I was a kid.
There are more distractions today:
video games, iPhones, Internet, facebook, blah blah blah.

And while today I worry about
nap time, feeding schedule, Goodnight Moon and teething,
before I know it,
I’ll be focusing my energy
on teaching Baby W
and the value of hard work.

But, I’ll need help.
Enter my latest magnificent discovery:
My Job Chart

It rocks.
It solves problems.
It makes a parents life easier.
It builds character in our kiddos.
It’s FREE.
It’s Online.
It’s easy to use.
It teaches our kiddos how to save, share and spend.
And the world needs more awesomeness
like My Job Chart
because us parents could use a hand every now and then!

If you are a parent who worries like me,
or if you want your kids to know the value of hard work,
then watch this 2 minute video and visit My Job Chart.
It will take about a million pounds off your shoulders–I’m serious.

How Works! from Gregg Murset on Vimeo.

Basically the BEST idea EVER!
Check it:


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  • Reply
    Cyndi B
    February 21, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Someone listened to the lesson in Relief Society to day (Did you have the lesson about work today too?)

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    Jayna Rae
    February 21, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I am in the midst of a parenting bible study and one thing that they say is important to raiding your kids up properly is responsibility from a young age. It sounds like this site will be a perfect aide in that goal. Thank you for sharing.

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    Audrey Crisp
    February 21, 2011 at 8:12 am

    So cute! I love those old pics of you! You were a babe! I agree about the value of hard work. I
    use to gripe about it back in the day, but now I
    appreciate the life lessons!!! That online job chart looks really helpful!

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    February 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

    First of all you both are gorgeous ladies!!

    My parents taught me the value of hard work. I will be ever so grateful as well πŸ™‚

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    February 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    great blog, and thanks for the link! i'll defintely be looking at this with my 7 year old πŸ™‚

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    Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings
    February 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    You momma should be so proud of you. you both are such great women!
    Thanks for the link will be checking it out soon.

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    February 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Your momma should be so proud of you! What a great little tool…OFF to go check it out πŸ™‚

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    February 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    What a great idea. Checking it out now!

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    February 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Hi, new follower sent over my Love Stitched today. I love your blog it's so cute I can't wait to check back more often.

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    February 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    HI! recent new follower…..this is a great post! and it sounds just like my family when i was growing up. i didn't like it at the time, but looking back it has shaped me to who i am today πŸ™‚


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    February 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Wow, you look just like your Mom! Two very beautiful ladies.

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    Jen Staffeldt
    February 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    What is your 'family' blog?

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    February 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    What an inspiring post! You have a great example to follow in your mom.

    My parents loved me and taught me a lot, but they also didn't give me much responsibility as a kid. My mom's best friend summed it up recently, saying to me "You turned out to be such a good mom, even though your parents did everything for you." I wasn't insulted…it was the truth! This is one of few things I hope to do differently with my girls.

    Thanks for your story and for the job chart recommendation!

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    February 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I completely agree! my mum and dad were the same with me, and now even though my daughter is only 2 I'm beginning to teach her. I made a young child friendly version here if you wanted to check it out? though forgive the poor lighting, I have to do my crafting when she's in bed! πŸ™‚
    love your blog, it so honest and makes me feel normal!

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    February 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Ok, your baby picture looks like baby W! So cute! And your homecoming picture you are gorgeous! I was a wreck in high school! I look back and laugh now, I let the tom boy years go through high school! ahhh!
    Good post, I will be teaching my son the same values, as i was taught the same as you were, I remember all too well pulling weeds saturday mornings and scrubbing toilets!!!

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    February 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    You and your mom are both gorgeous, gracious woman. Beautiful.

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    February 22, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Your mother is gorgeous! Really beautiful woman!

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    Gracie Lou Freebush
    February 22, 2011 at 1:11 am

    My word. I cannot believe how beautiful you are. πŸ™‚ Your mom is pretty too!

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    February 22, 2011 at 1:11 am

    What an amazing post! You and your mom are so incredibly gorgeous!

    Thank you for sharing the link– will be checking it out right after this!

    I am a new follower, stop on by..

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    February 22, 2011 at 1:12 am

    What an amazing post! You and your mom are so incredibly gorgeous!

    Thank you for sharing the link– will be checking it out right after this!

    I am a new follower, stop on by..

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    Debber Doo
    February 22, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Totally off topic, but Baby W looks just like you! Both of you are Sooo cute!!!

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    February 22, 2011 at 6:50 am

    My daughter called me one day to thank me for "making" her learn to clean her room, help with dishes, etc. Truthfully, her house is decorated and always tidier than mine.

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    Ashley O.
    February 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I just went to the site and my son and I planned out his chores/rewards. As a newly single mom, chores have gotten a bit lax and it looks like a great way to get us back on track! (and you and your mom are so lovely! Beautiful photos!)

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    kelsie rae.
    February 23, 2011 at 5:13 am

    i like the crimpy hair πŸ™‚

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