Children and household chores, what a bloody palaver. If you are giving them pocket money they need to do something to earn it – it’s drummed in to them that you don’t get something for nothing in this world.
You know when children are small and all they want to do is help Mommy – it’s such a bloody pain at times. You know you must let them help but quite frankly you also know they are just going to make a bloody mess, which will take you twice as long to clear up 😜
For example Lana took it upon herself to wash up – what a sweetie and what a mess! Half a bottle of washing up liquid later, bubbles up to the ceiling – all over the kitchen floor and us tasting Fairy Liquid in our tea for a week. She then progressed to emptying the dishwasher – that should be fool-proof I thought, till I saw her take the dishes out of the dishwasher and lay them all neatly on the kitchen floor, amongst the dog and cat hairs and last weeks crumbs 😁
But things are looking up! My beautiful sassy 3rd born daughter, who is 11 this year, has just reached that stage where she is old enough to do a job properly and is just at that stage – before puberty and attitude – where she genuinely wants to learn how to cook (she’s on a loser there with me teaching her) she also wants to do the ironing, she didn’t even finish that sentence and I had the ironing board up and basket(s) of washing ready for her 😃
I know this is a once in a childhood thing – that little window of opportunity where you only have a limited time to teach them all those household chores that every child needs to know – before they’re slamming doors and not wanting to even talk to you anymore.
Tonight I will teach her to sew – because her little sister has 3 cub badges that need putting on her uniform 😄
Tomorrow I will teach her to cook dinner because I’m going out for the evening 😄
Oh the opportunities are endless!
I’m going to enjoy the next few weeks 😄 unless of course her window of opportunity finishes by the end of this week 😄