Sunday, November 9, 2008

slowing down

I know this may sound compltetly contradictory to my last post about nesting, but I'm getting so big that I've had to slow down on how much I can do. Thankfully Sean and the kids have been helping out a lot with the housework. It has hit me recently that the kids were not really doing any housework regularly except cleaning up the toys, and that is not ok. At 4 and 5, they are quite capable of so much more. Please don't think I'm planning on turning the kids into slaves, but I do think it's important that they start doing their part of the work. They really can do a lot, and do it well. I am just going to have to give up control over exactly how things get done. I've been working on this as Sean has had to take on more housework lately, and I think I'm doing a good job of not second-guessing him. Of course you'll have to ask him for the official word on how I'm doing. I don't know how I ended up being such a control freak about how it all gets done, but I was really bad for a while. It was stupid, and I'm still working on it. In reality I know that teaching the kids responsibility by giving them chores will benefit our whole family in the long run, and it really doesn't matter if the towels are not perfectly folded. So here's to less work for mom, and responsible kids who are proud of what they can do!

1 comment:

  1. Haha, I am a slave, I have Chloe dust already. She takes the swiffer duster and hits all the tables. Is it the best, no, but she is learning to clean. She also helps empty the dishwasher. She gets the dishes and silverwear (except the knives) from the bottom rack. I think it is good for them.