This weekend my son and I had a mother-son bonding workday at the house. We pulled down shoddy siding from two walls on the exterior of the house and six dead oleanders. He was actually bummed when we were done. He wanted more work!
The following day we had an all-family workday. While our daughter did not enjoy her day nearly as much, she was willing to help load some river rocks into the wagon and pull down a few dead limbs from the shrubs. Naturally, she would rather be inside planning out her bedroom and the playroom.
I love that our kids are learning to enjoy manual labor. Being actively involved in the renovations of our house will make this their home, too. It will hopefully teach them to treat their belongings with care and how to value their efforts.
With every workday the kids earn a bit of ownership and appreciation through sweat equity.