Recently I had a day that demonstrated to me how important it is to teach our children how to help around the house.
It started with a headache when I first woke up. I had planned to get up early and have some quiet time to myself to think and organize my thoughts for the week/day. The best I could hope for was to have breakfast more or less on time. Thankfully my children have known for quite a while how to put together a hot breakfast – eggs and oatmeal. They all take turns doing this. My older boys know how to make a pot of coffee – everything’s good. So I meandered downstairs and started printing up papers we would need for school while behind me breakfast preparations went on smoothly.
I forgot we needed bread and remembered too late to start some for lunch. Thankfully we have a recipe for a fast yeast bread. I started it, but later in the morning my nine-year-old daughter finished it.
After breakfast I still wasn’t feeling great (in spite of two tylenols, I might add), but thankfully I fill in an assignment book every Sunday night for my children’s schoolwork for the week. So the children all got on with it and started getting their schoolwork done. Now I’m not saying it was perfectly quiet and all sweetness. There was talking; there was even the occasional squabble, but by and large we were going forward.
However, by the time I started my school day I was running behind in marking papers and kind of stayed behind all morning. So when my oldest daughter asked me what was for lunch, I could hardly face it. I wanted to do diet, but I didn’t have it in me to make anything. Thankfully my oldest daughter took over. She picked a menu, made the meal and served me, as well as feeding her siblings.
I tried to nap when the baby did, but couldn’t fall asleep. Talk about frustrating. So after my “nap” my oldest son walked to the mall with the baby and I to pick up something I need for a giveaway here on the blog that I’ll be announcing soon (I’m really excited about this.). When we came home the house smelled so good because my nine-year-old daughter was making cookies. Yeah for teaching her how to bake.
So I kind of took it easy for the rest of the afternoon. When it came time for supper I read out the menu to my children while they did the work. My headache was gone by then. I started to feel bad about not accomplishing much, but then I realized how much I had to be thankful for. My children had made life so much easier for me today because for the past weeks/months/years I’ve been training my children how to work in the kitchen. It can be hard sometimes to be patient enough to do this, but today was the payoff. So if you’re wondering should I have the children help me in the kitchen today I would say a hearty “YES”.
|first bread making lesson over a year ago|
And, oh, the baby. He was his usual adorable self. So many people at the mall commented on how cute he was. And I have to agree. Then before he went to bed tonight he and I had some fun playing a game of chase. You know how babies are. You offer to chase them and they come right towards you. Lots of giggles and kisses.
|adorable without a doubt|
Today could have gone so much worse. I’m glad I got up and I’m glad I taught my children their way around the kitchen.
What have you taught your children to make them more self-reliant?
Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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