how small children do chores

IMG_1304 IMG_1307The blurriness of these pictures drives me crazy.  That said, it couldn’t be helped.  Josie would not, for any reason, sit still.

The point is, children doing chores is messier and takes longer than you doing the same thing.  It must be done though.  We want them to clean up after themselves when they grow up right?  The only way to learn is to make a mess first.  I guess.  I do wish it weren’t this way, but alas, it is.  

This is Josie putting her bedroom trash into a bag.  Yeah.  Someone didn’t put a bag in before they filled it with trash.  That someone will go unnamed.  

It wasn’t an adult.

Raising young ones is tough on this recovering OCD mom.  I’m self diagnosed by the way.  Wed MD has saved me many trips to the doctor.    

Let go mamas.  By mamas, I mean one mama.  Me.

After all, Isn’t parenting about teaching?  If I do it, she learns nothing.  

If she does it, she learns that making a mess is fun not fun.  She will learn to be a productive member of the family.  Helpful, responsible, orderly are words she will live by.  At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

What are you letting go of?  

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a sweet girl

This post won’t be long.  I just want to say that, despite a need for control, Isabel truly posses a kind and helpful heart.  Today, she made lunch.  Most mornings she makes breakfast for a family of seven.  Isn’t she great?  I love her quite wholly.

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farmhouse breakfast

My dear little Isabel has been volunteering, and practically begging to make breakfast lately.  She’s taken a keen interest in cooking over the last few months.  I’m trying to use this interest to reinforce math skills such as measuring and fractions, as well as basic science (baking powder, salt and baking soda, sugar reactions ect).  She is growing up so fast!  What a great helper.

And those boots…she’s gone country.