Do you ever teach your kids things like sharing, honesty, responsibility you know, all the character stuff, and hope to goodness it sticks?
The other day we (me, my 4 kids and husband) spent the day at the pool; as soon as we walked in the door, the kids are hollering: What’s for dinner? I mean, we just got home. If I could click my heels, dinner would be on the table, but give a mom a break, would ya?
Where’s my shoes? Can you untie this? I need socks! Where’s my piano book? Where’s the PIANO? I mean, really? I think kids get so use to relying on mom to do everything, they begin to ask questions they already know the answer to. I said: Do you know where clean underwear comes from? And, as if I was about to reveal where Santa Claus lives, the excitable 4 year old said: Where?
I felt like a rebellious teenager. I rose up and said: The Laundry Room! Eight little eyes looked at me as if I had said: no more cartoons for the rest of your life!
Where are my shoes? Wherever you put them. Do I have underwear? I hope so. I felt rattled. I said: I quit. . . I quit . . . I quit. They stood in Silence – Then came the giggles. “Mom you can’t quit.” You’re MOM.
Of course, I couldn’t quit. Nor did I really want too. I mean, if someone else tried to walk in and take my place, I’d give them a run for their money. We may complain, but we still want the job, right?
But what I have learned, is kids can be responsible for things, even at the smallest of ages, and while they may buck the system in the beginning, they sorta like the whole “team spirit” I’m apart of something “greater than myself” mentality.
It gives them a chance to see how life really works; they aren’t the center of everything, rather they’re one of MANY spokes on the family wheel. It’s good for them to see how dinner gets made, and how clean shirts make it from the laundry basket to their closet.
They begin to take pride in helping with the dishes, the laundry, cleaning out the car and sweeping the kitchen. Look at your to-do-list, tear off a piece and give it to them. Before long, they’ll expect a chore or two, and before you know it, they’ll be cleaning the house, making dinner and doing the laundry. . . I’m envisioning it now. It’s all a process. Just stay consistent and the rewards will be great. Until then, has anyone seen the piano?
Teach me to number my days, that I might gain a heart of wisdom and fulfill your purpose for my life. Psalm 90:12