Enjoy a Red, White, and Blue Meal
Celebrate Labor Day with a red, white and blue breakfast of waffles topped with strawberries, blueberries and cream. Or, vanilla ice cream and berries make a tasty red, white, and blue desert.
Talk about the Importance of Labor with Your Family
Talk about Labor Day, the importance of work, and how America was built by the labor and sacrifice of ordinary men and women. Tell stories about famous Americans who made a difference because of their hard work. Remind your children that their labor can add to the legacy of liberty in America.
You might want to share some quotes about work, and talk about what they mean.
Tell any stories you know about hard-working grandparents and other ancestors. Some families call grandparents to thank them for all they’ve done for the family and to ask them to tell about their work. This is a great time to ask grandparents to tell stories about their experiences and to give any advice they might have for their grandkids.
You could also talk about your work and how you prepared to provide for your family.
Or you could tell stories about other hard-working American heroes, like Thomas Edison or Benjamin Franklin. You can learn about many heroes here at PatrioticMoms.com.
Help your children learn about a variety of professions as they consider the work they want to do. Invite them to consider what they would enjoy doing. Make a list of their ideas. Keep it in a folder or notebook and add to it as they think of new possibilities.
Introduce your kids to a variety of professions. Interview friends, family, neighbors, and other professionals about their work, what they enjoy about what they do, what the challenges are, how they prepared, etc. Take notes (and pictures if you want) and add them to your notebook.
Work Together as a Family
Labor Day is a good time to clean up a family garden and get your yard ready for winter. Or you could clean out the garage, work on projects inside your home, or help a neighbor. Some families like to play music or sing together while they work.
You can take pictures and keep a record of what you accomplish during your special family work projects. It will be fun to see progress over the years.
Some of our happiest memories can be of working together as a family. Our family plays loud, lively music and we do a little singing and dancing, and a lot of laughing, as we work together.
An important part of teaching children to work is to prepare them to be self sufficient. Equally important is to prepare them to love and serve their fellow men. Labor Day is a good time to find someone you can help. Look for someone who needs you and can't pay you back.
Some families serve at a local homeless shelter. Others do yard work for a military family whose Dad is gone. Others visit the elderly. Older folks may just need to know you care, or you could invite them to dinner, or do a work project that may be hard for them to do.
There are so many ways we can lighten the burdens of those around us! Here are a few stories from the life of Mitt Romney. From the time their family was young, Mitt, Ann, and the kids would reach out and help others. (The service stories start at 2:02). And here is Harvard Business professor, Clayton Christensen, telling how Mitt helped him.
Enjoy a Fun Family Activity
After working and serving together, it might be nice to get out and enjoy a fun afternoon at the park. Or you might enjoy a family bike ride, hike, or water sports. Somehow the fun is even better after you’ve accomplished something together as a family.
In the evening you could invite family and friends for a BBQ or potluck dinner. Or you could invite them over after dinner and serve something simple, like ice cream sundaes.
You could play games together and even have a talent show (planned or spontaneous) afterwards for the kids to share the fruits of their labors.