Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Helper

My Mom always told me that if either of the kids show any interest at "helping" with daily chores, even when it really isn't help at all, and even if it would make even the most simple task take twice the time...take them up on it. It teaches them responsibility. It shows them that it's everyone's job to keep the place in order. And hopefully, these values or sentiments will stick with them as they get older.

As it turns out, I have one kid who LOVES to help (that would be Joe) and one (guess who) who breaks out in hives at the very thought of simple tasks like putting his laundry in the basket, toys back where they belong, Karate Gi in gym bag. It's like pulling teeth.

Joe, on the other hand, seems to really enjoy doing stuff like watering the plants outdoors, washing the car (OK, spraying it with the hose), helping with dinner, setting the table, emptying the dishwasher, even helping with laundry. We are especially proud of how well he took care of his string bean plants! He planted the seed at school, brought it home in a plastic cup for Greg to re-pot. He watered it every day, and voila, BEANS!!

He and I enjoy baking together. He likes to pour ingredients in the bowls and stir. He's excellent at following directions and takes good care to keep all the contents in the bowl while very gently mixing. He's great at decorating cupcakes! I like this time that we have together, because it's focused and one on one. Usually we chat about anything at random, and it's always fun.

Sometimes having a little helper can be a very good thing!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome post! My little girl has hit the "let's hand everything to Daddy" stage.

    I noticed you guys are into karate, for more info on karate gis:

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