Friday, March 4, 2011

Free Cards Friday ~ Moving Forward ~ A Question For Mamas

Moving Forward ~ A Painting created with love for a devoted mother and her son

A young mother and her young son ~ turning their backs on darkness and sorrow ~ launching ahead. Taking sweet memories and years of dedication and love with them, as the wispy essence of angel wings appear to bless their forward motion.

A Question For Mamas:

How much does your child help around the house?
How/how often do they help keep the home running smoothly?
Do you think it is important for young children to be doing chores ~ or should they just be kids?
Any insight you feel like sharing is valuable. Thank You.

It's Free Cards Friday!
Add your note & insight to this blog post (here at the blog or on the Facebook page) throughout the weekend and be in the running to win some cards ~ I'll choose the winner on Monday.

Love & Sincerely, Katie

Here is the process for Moving Forward:

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  1. My son is 4 and he has to clean up his mess. It does not always happen. When he gets a little older he will have chores that git his age.

  2. We've just started morning chores. My 4 yr old does very simple chores that take about 5 min. (bringing down the garbage cans, washing the windows (with vinegar water), bring down their laundry, and restocking the tp rolls in the bathroom. I let them help me come up with ideas/suggestions as to which chores they prefer. My 7 yr old has more difficult ones that take about 10 min. each. These have to be done after breakfast before school. Both of them have been doing amazingly well. My 4 yr old now even offers to help with any chores I'm doing (unloading the dishwasher, washing dishes, laundry, etc.) I've been amazed at how much they take pride & ownership in their jobs around the house.

  3. All 3 of my boys do "chores". They are 18mo, 4 and 9. I think it helps to feel part of the family unit. It's wonderful to nourish and care for each other and our home. The baby helps with little things. I put a CSA box down in front of him and ask him to take the veggies out and put them in our bins. He can also stack cans and pick up toys. The four year old helps by feeding the goats and chicken and changing their water. He is also great at picking up at his age. My 9 year old rocks! He even helps me cook and watches the youngest while I do my chores. I do find it a bit of a struggle to enlist help at times and I think sometimes it harder to let them do it the "wrong" way but the joy that beams from their eyes after a job well done makes it all worth it! I don't know what I would do without my children and their help.

  4. I think kids should be allowed to be kids ... during kid time , playing outside , etc. There is a great book "children who do too little" I wish I had started my children younger, they need to understand that being a part of a family is about making your house and life run , It really is a gift , it's haveing them do anything that is damaging , that's when you see a 19 year old who doesn't know how to wash their laundry or cook a meal !, Just make it age appropriate , even when it's not really accomplishing anything , if they believe they are helping it's instilling the value . and getting them out from under your feet while you are doing stuff, when my daughter was little I would have her clean the walls with a bottle of water and a rag . or when I was cutting coupons I would give her the expired pages and treat them just like real ones putting them in my organizer, She felt successful , and I didn't get too high strung if she cut a bar code in half!

    Mechelle : 0 )

  5. I'm a nanny for now, and I do my best to model joyful participation in household tasks. The boys, 20 months and 4 years, certainly help out, but most of it is their own initiative or with gentle suggestion. To hear "Let's clean up!" or "Let's put our shoes in the closet!" is so much more impactful than raising my voice when they don't pick up after themselves. Lately, the youngest has taken to tearing his hat off as soon as we walk in the door and running back to the bedroom to put it in the hat bin. He also loves to "help" put laundry away and unload the dishwasher. Praising him for this will eventually pay off- much more than getting frustrated and bitter when they don't automatically help out. If they see me housekeeping willingly and joyfully, surely they will follow suite!

    Jackie Askvig

    Welcome, Darling. Crocheted accessories.

  6. My little man is only 12 months, but he already "helps" with different household chores. That might mean I'm wearing him on my back or that might mean he unfolds everything I just folded ;) I think it's important for kids to feel like they are contributing to the family system.

  7. wow ~ thank you Rose, Jaynee, Christin, Ann, Mechelle & Jackie ~ I really appreciate your feedback and insight. Funny AND Smart! thanks again!
    Love, Katie


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