Tony Woodlief wants to develop his four sons’ work ethic “Humans need work, and they need to see that their work has a purpose,” he writes in the Wall Street Journal.
One summer I installed stairs and flooring in our stifling-hot attic. My oldest son, 4 at the time, insisted on donning his little work belt to help. I situated him in a corner with his tiny hammer and watercolor paint, where he spent hours hammering and painting while I nailed floorboards. Months later, out of the blue, he took my hand and asked when we could do that again. Focused on the heat and the weight of those boards, I’d found the work miserable. But to my son it was blissful. We now had a “secret room.” And he had worked with his daddy.
Children often don’t have the opportunity to see their parents work, much less to work with them.