When we think about stewardship, we tend to think about money. There are good reasons for this, but there are more things for us to be good stewards of than just money. And, when it comes to our grandchildren, if they are young, it’s likely they don’t have much money. Yes, we are able to be intentional about helping them learn to steward the money they do have in a wise way, but we are also able to be intentional about helping them learn to be good stewards of other things as well.
Consider the following ways we might be intentional about helping preschool and elementary age grandchildren learn to be responsible stewards of their time . .
- Young preschool age grandchildren are able to help their mom with simple chores such as dusting, folding laundry, putting laundry into the dryer, etc.
- Elementary age grandchildren are able to help their mom with chores such as taking out the trash, putting laundry away, drying dishes, emptying the dishwasher, etc.
- Both preschool and elementary children are able to sit down and make a schedule for their out of school time and how they will spend it – so much time reading (or being read to), helping with chores, how much time they will spend with video games and TV, etc.
- Both ages are able to use their time to help others. They could make cards to brighten the day of a shut-in, help bake bread or other baked goods for an elderly neighbor, write a note to a teacher, pastor, or Sunday school teacher to thank them for how they serve others, etc.
These are just a few simple ways we are able to help our grandchildren learn to be responsible stewards of their time. If they learn at these young ages to be responsible with their time, when they start to earn money later in their lives, they will already have the positive habit of being responsible with what they are given… for their is a time for everything.
Lynda has three sweet rascal grandsons who make her heart happy! She is the author of Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love, It Is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren and Science, the Bible & Fun – a curriculum with 52 weeks of Bible learning and fun for grandparents and grandchildren. She also writes the blog, grandma’s cookie jar. Lynda is a Senior Writer and Editor for the Legacy Coalition.