Family Values – Laura Ingalls Wilder

My husband and I took advantage of our time together yesterday and spent part of our Labor Day holiday enjoying a relaxing drive with the top down in the convertible to DeSmet SD. Our intent for the day was to see and read about the Laura Ingalls Wilder history. Laura was born 100 years before me and her memory and her heart are still in motion.

Love and respect for her parents and her family fills her heritage. We don’t see this type of family respect and honoring of mothers and fathers like this today. The hard and dedicated work it took 150 years ago to get established and the difficult obstacles our ancestors had to work against to build this country is slightly different than we experience today. Laziness would get society nowhere and hungry 150 years ago. There wasn’t unemployment when the winters were too bad for work. There wasn’t a welfare system that would provide even the basics of flour to get the family a few meals. Today, most people wouldn’t know what to do with a bag of flour if it was the only item they had to form a meal from to feed their families. Families and family members worked together for the same purpose; their families, their households and their communities.

Togetherness took place at the center of the home. Televisions, computers and social media have now taken the place of face to face time with family members. These items usually take the place of parent’s today and children end up being raised by society’s values through these tools. Instead of children working alongside the parents to keep the household in production, developing knowledge, skills, work ethic and relationships.

Thoughts to ponder: How would our children handle their adult lives if we could take today’s luxuries and conveniences and balance them with the country’s family and work values of 150 years ago? Whose responsibility is it to teach our children respect and hard work?

Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when is old he will not depart from it.


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