Thursday, January 7, 2010
My tiny helper
Over the past few weeks Serene has started helping Anna and I put the dishes away. She is such a sweet helper and puts each plastic cup, plate and bowl away in the children's cabinet. She is so proud when she helps and gives me a huge hug after she gets it all done. All of this is at her own initiative. She sees Anna helping with a good attitude and wants to help the family as well. My philosophy with children helping has always been about not giving some big chore list but including them in your daily work when they are little (starting around 18 months), letting them help pull the clothes out of the dryer, "fold" wash cloths, watching me cook and getting to dump things in the pan and even stir a little, helping put away laundry and making a game out of taking things to each room as we clean...etc. etc. In all this they learn to enjoy the work and look forward to it as special time spent with mommy and the family, with lots of hugs and kisses as thank yous from mommy!!
BTW, this outfit is a summer dress of Anna's that Serene dug out and LOVES!! She wears it most days around the house despite the weather! =)..... like today.... 28 degrees! Brrrrrr