I feel that it is very important for children to do some hard work to learn about life. Parents who spoil their kids and never make them work are actually doing these children a disservice. It makes them think they can skate through life without working hard, and we all know that is not true at all. I always make my kids do manual labor, and if our house doesn’t need chores done, I make them do chores for someone who needs the help. Our neighborhood is not a wealthy one, and I know for a fact that many of our neighbors still rely on old-style wood burning furnaces. I myself grew up with a fireplace as the only source of heating for the house. My dad used to make me chop firewood every weekend to keep the house heated. A few years ago I connected my home to a natural gas line for our primary source of heating, but I decided that chopping wood was still a great way to help out our neighbors. I have my oldest son and daughter take turns chopping wood into kindling and logs the right size for a fireplace. Then I have my two youngest load up their sled with wood and take it over to our neighbors houses for them to use in their furnaces. This way we can help our friends and family with the heating of their homes, and it keeps my kids active and working hard. Everybody deserves heating, even if they can’t afford their own central HVAC systems.