Monday, October 22, 2012

My Little Helper

When I first started staying at home with my kids, I wasn't used to doing housework while I was with them.  I had such little time with them when I worked, maybe two or three hours a day.  I didn't want to waste that time doing dishes, laundry, vacuuming, etc.  And then I started staying home full time.

There are a lot more messes when three people eat and play in the house all day.  Dishes are made, things are spilled, clothes are changed and things can get out of hand FAST.  I'm not telling you anything you don't already know but for some reason this workload was a big shock to me.  I had to figure out how to get all this stuff done while they played by themselves.

My mom had said to me that little girls want you to listen and little boys want to help.  Since I take almost every thing she says as gospel, I thought it was worth a shot.  I just started doing the tasks and asking my oldest (my youngest was only a few months old at the time) to help me.  He jumped right in with both feet because he wanted to be near me and, I think, to learn how to do the things that grown-ups do.  These jobs have become chores and are part of our every day.  But the coolest thing has started happening with my youngest.  He is ready to help, too.

Today I was putting dishes in the dishwasher and he asked for a spoon.  I gave it to him and he put it into the silverware holder and started clapping for himself (love).  

I gave him another and another until I was out and each time he repeated the task, he clapped.  I told him we were all done and without prompting, he rolled the dishwasher drawers in and closed the dishwasher.  He said, "button!" and tried to push the button to turn it on.

Besides thinking what a great husband he will be someday, I was struck by the suddenness of  my baby becoming a little boy.  I was prepared for my oldest to get older but the time seems to have gone so much faster with my baby.  It was a poignant reminder to cherish him and all that he is becoming.

What milestones have resonated most with you?

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