Are you a mom that has one million things to get done in a day? What a silly question right? The job of motherhood never stops. There is always a shoe to tie, a mess to clean up, or a little one who is hungry. If you are anything like me you also have those same little ones trying to “help.”
There are times when things need to be done quickly and efficiently. However, there are other times when letting our little ones help is very important. Now I am a pretty type A person. I like to have things just so. You can imagine how this really stretches me. My typical tendency is to say, “no, not right now.” But letting my little ones help gives them a sense of being a part of the family. As they get older it fosters a great work ethic as far as teaching chores and responsibilities.
Right now my 18-month old thinks helping me with the Laundry means pulling all the freshly folded clothes onto the floor. So until she is older her laundry privileges are revoked. My 5-year-old does love to put clothes in the washer and add the detergent.
My husband can get our front yard mowed in about 20-30 minutes by himself. When the boy helps, oh, man, you’re gonna be there a while. Because Harry values our son and wants to teach him how to mow the grass, he is going to take the time.
When the bouncy blonde 3-year-old rushes to the kitchen counter with her little chair so she can reach, how on earth can I say no? Her little sister cannot ask to help yet but bringing her along with me to do a chore always makes things interesting. And so worth the time spent to include her. So if you are a bit like me and are a little particular about things, take a breath mama and let them be kids, let them help!
May 26, 2017