Ask yourself, what do my kids think hard work is? This is a question I was pondering last summer. When dad heads off to work, do they really know I work hard, or do they assume I do because I told them so. As a social worker by trade, not many of the social ills I face on the daily can or do come home with me. This inevitably leaves me at a loss when trying to educate my kids on what it is to work hard. Then, one day last spring, I got this crazy idea to build the kids a playhouse for our backyard. This playhouse had to be big and the kids had to help. So, after searching online for some plans and pictures, and locating a gently used slide we were off! After two weeks of cutting, drilling, screwing, and basically waiting for my NiCad batteries to charge we had a playhouse! What happened next was the real treat; my kids wanted more. Not more Playhouses, but more builds. So, we set off on some new projects, and one by one their zest for what dad would come up with next was reaching a fiery pitch. Each project brought lessons on hard work, precision, dedication and even money management. Each project also turned this regular Ginger dad into a super hero. I started hearing things like “dad can build that” or “dad can fix that”. Its then when I realized, that not only did my kids get to make memories on a cool playhouse, but they were learning first hand with their own eyes what hard work was. Hard work no longer meant that dad was away from them, rather it meant that we earned what we built with our sweat, smashed fingers, and splinters.