I learned quickly with four kids that doing it all myself was simply impossible. I would rather do it all myself, but with that many people in a household and what feels like so little time it can feel overwhelming. What’s great is the kids want to help! They don’t want to do their chores, but they enjoy helping me do mine…
I’ve been having them do stuff since school started and now they have come to expect to help out. Cleaning off the table, helping with laundry, the usual picking up stuff, even cleaning their bathroom, in addition to being responsible for their rooms and themselves. Which is good! Kids need to learn that the world doesn’t revolve around them and one of those ways is having them clean up after each other.
I’m also talking about little things. I decided to make Pita bread to put in a “Lunchables” type pizza lunch for the kids. The recipe I had called for a lot of steps. It was doable, but then the baby woke up. ;o) I realized while I was making the pitas (hands full of sticky dough) that I really needed to defrost the steaks for dinner in the big bowl I used for the dough. I asked Nora to wash the bowl and put the steaks in water to defrost while I continued to make the pitas. I later asked her to entertain the baby every four minutes when I had to pull out two pitas from the oven (500 degrees!) and put two more in again. That was huge for me! Maybe I’m the only one that doesn’t like to relinquish control of a situation, but she loved washing the bowl and being given the responsibility of playing with the baby for me. It all got done and everybody was happy.
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