Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Using Scripture to Teach Chores

Today is my last day, Day 7 of my Kids & Chores series.  Thanks so much for all your encouragement, comments, emails, questions. It has been fun and I tell you, when you have to write out what you believe and practice on a given topic, it really cements those beliefs and practices in your mind and heart. . .so thank you.  The Soutter kids have definitely seen better training, better parenting, and more intentionality when it comes to chores this week and I am sure in the weeks to follow.

If you have missed any of the days of this series, all links are at the bottom of this post for you.

As I mentioned earlier this week, role modeling is the best way to instill a strong work ethic and a heart of joy and thanksgiving when it comes to chores.  And right up there with role modeling is Scripture. 

Rob and I believe Scripture is one of the best teachers and use it often when we are teaching a new skill, building on a character trait, or addressing a wrong attitude or thought pattern.

There are 2 reasons we read, discuss, and even memorize Scripture:

1.  We believe Scripture has the power to change hearts and lives.
Such as, did you see recently where Kylie Bisutti quit her very successful and very high paying job as a Victoria Secret model? And Kylie did so because she had been spending more time reading her Bible and as a result of reading Scripture came to believe that modeling lingerie and skimpy bathing suits was not honoring to God or her husband. That is the power of Scripture. If interested, check out Kylies's blog post I Quit Being a Victoria's Secret Model to Become a Proverbs 31 Wife. Here's a picture of Kylie:

But even if you do not believe in the life changing power of Scripture, you may want to keep on reading because much wisdom can be found in the Bible. 

The 2nd reason we use Scripture as a teaching tool is

2. We believe Scripture is relevant everyday of our lives, not just on Sundays.  We do believe that God and His Word ties into everyday real world life and want to show our kids that.  

One book Rob and I have in our resource library is Parenting with Scripture by Kara Durban (affiliate link below). This book is organized alphabetically based on a topic. You look up "responsibility" or "complaining" for example and then it lists the definition, Scripture, questions for discussion, and activities.
46542: Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable MomentsParenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments

In a world where right and wrong seem relative, this valuable guide is essential. When your child expresses anger, fear, worry or a lack of moral understanding, you now have a reliable source to turn to for subject-specific Bible verses, discussion questions, and action points. Written by an experienced educator, this reference can be used for teens as well as toddlers.

So here are 12 Scriptures that can be used when teaching on chores:

1.  Proverbs 6:6-11

2.  Philipians 2:14 (Do everything without complaining)

3.  Colossians 3:23 (Do your work like you are doing it for God)

4.  Proverbs 15:13 (A cheerful heart is good medicine)

5.  Proverbs 10:4-5

6.  Ecclesiastes 10:18

7.  1 Thessalonians 5:14

8.  2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

9.  Proverbs 19:15

10.  Romans 12:11

11.  Ephesians 5:15-16

12.  Titus 3:14

Anyone know of others to add to the list?

And If you missed any of this series, below are the links. Just click on the title.

And I am linky this post up to some of my favorite blog parties: Women Living Well and Serenity Now.


  1. I'm so glad that I found your blog. This series on chores is exactly what I needed. I have kids ages 7mos., 3,8,10 &15, lately it seems when I ask them to clean up their room, they act like I'm asking them to go outside to plow a field. I love that you have brought in the scriptures from the bible to go along with the chores. This series is exactly what our family needs to get back on track. I will be referring to it often, as I implement it in our home. I also just ordered the book Parenting with Scriptures. Thank you so much for your time and effort in putting together the Kids & Chores series! God Bless You!

  2. Love, love, loved this series! Very well-timed for my life right now! We just started our version of an allowance system. The boys (6 and 8) are expected to clean up their own messes before going on to another activity (not always attained, but the goal is there!) There is a list of at least 20 items they can do at any time, each job with an amount that will be paid. To keep it simple jobs are either 10,25, or 50 cents. Each boy has a post it note with his name on it and these three denominations listed across the top. I mark a tally for each job completed, payout is Sat. around lunch time. This system has really allowed me to enjoy and praise the help I do get, without feeling I have had to bark to get jobs done. The two things that have made it work for us for the last two months (which I know is not that long) is that I regularly point out what needs to be done and the cha-ching that could go with it AND giving the kids an opportunity to make some goals - snooping at Target, on Amazon, and even dreaming of what difference they could make in someone's life with their own personal giving. We chose Sat. as payout day so that they could have that extra opportunity to do things the busy school week doesn't allow, as well as prepare for Sunday's tithe if they are led. We will likely incorporate some of the Scriptures from your last post to our Saturday pay-out sessions. Very valuable list!! I also LOVE that you included the article about the former Victoria's Secret model! Looking forward to the next series!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this series. It is definitely the first of its kind I've seen and so helpful! I've read several scripture based discipline books but applying it to chores adds a whole other dimension. Thank you for sharing.


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