I’m actually penning this knee deep in holiday gatherings with my family—and when I think about the word “labor,” I can’t help but think of one of my Dad’s go-to adages: “work hard, play hard.”
Time with my parents is always a great reminder for me that those who truly “work hard and play hard” are often those who blur the lines between the two. Put another way, my parents (and many of their closest friends) are people who do what they love, and love what they do.
As this new school year begins, ask yourself one very important question: What “labor” brings my child joy?
Given what has been modeled for me, I believe there is no greater gift that you can give your child than modeling the overlap between work and joy. In turn, the next best thing (though certainly not an either/or) that you can give them is access to a place like WonderLab—where they can in turn find the unique place for them where “labor” and joy converge.
That said, my sincere hope in the wake of Labor Day 2014 is that you will not only continue to model “work hard, play hard,” but that you will also give your kids access to places where they can discover that nexus for themselves.
As always, let us know if we can be of help.
We look forward to hearing from you—and in the meantime, happy belated “Work Hard Play Hard” Day!