(Teach your children the reason for the holiday being celebrated – that it is not just a day out of school or a time for a picnic. There is a story behind each of our holidays.)
Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women (whether they get paid for their work or not). It has been celebrated as a national holiday since 1894. Read the history of this holiday here so you will be equipped to tell your children what the day is about as you go about your celebration.
Use some of these suggestions to emphasize the importance of work to your children:
- Read the story of Nehemiah in your Bible or read and listen to it here. Then tell it in your own words or try to find it in a children’s Bible and read it to your children. The walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed and Nehemiah led the people to rebuild them. They had a mind to work. (So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height,for the people had a mind to work. Nehemiah. 4:6) Build a wall together out of pillows and talk about having a mind to work and working together.
- Think of ways your children can ‘work’. Find suggestions here for age appropriate chores.
- Memorize as a family Col. 3:23 ‘And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,’ Talk about doing your best at whatever you do and doing it cheerfully.
- Thank God for the work that Dad does and the work that Mom does.
- Play charades acting out different jobs.
- Lead your children (by example) to appreciate those who have a mind to work. Say ‘thank you’ to those yall encounter doing their work – waitress, teacher, trash collector, doctor, policeman, etc. Especially notice those who are doing their work heartily!
Happy Labor Day and thank you for your mind to work!