Little helpers

Yesterday as I was wiping the stickies from the front of the dishwasher, I noticed Tiger Lily, age 17 months, imitating me. She also loves to help me unload the dishwasher, saying "away" and "in there" as I give her dishes to put away. This morning she "helped" me sort the laundry.

I am constantly amazed by my children's—and all children's—desire to do. They like to do useful things and to participate rather than watch. Red Chief loves to help me clean the bathroom or set the table for dinner. He actually gets giddy when I sit down to teach him how to do something new, like put on his shoes properly.

Just something I need to remember. It's too easy for me to do things for my children instead of teaching them. It may save a few minutes now, but in the long run, they'll be much more helpful to me—and more importantly, more happy with themselves.


  1. Oh amen to that! I always have to remind myself that it's better to let my kids "help" with the cooking/cleaning/etc... even if it takes loads of extra time. Like you said, it will be better in the long run to have kids who like helping (and they really do - they love it!) than to have kids who expect me to clean up and do everything for them.

  2. This is so true! My boys are always dying to help me with chores around the house, and I just never take advantage of it. Haley, my 8 year old also likes to help. Ashley who is now 12 is starting to move past the desire, but there are still some things she likes to do.
    I have to remind myself I'm not doing them any favors by not letting them help!