You see, we can find ourselves in such a rush and whirlwind of life that we forget we have to help our children learn how to do basic chores, such as pulling up sheets and blankets until they meet the end of the mattress.
As a stay at home mom, I pick up toys 236 times a day (or at least it seems that way). Are these my toys? No. Do I want/need help? YES. So, I have enlisted my crew to HELP! All ages are involved and each has an important purpose in this character building task.
Yet, the questions remain. Why is it that it is so very difficult to help at times? Despite the positive practice of “paying it forward” or the karmic idea of “what goes around comes around”, there is still this difficulty in putting the needs of your neighbor before those of your own.
It was an opportunity for us to have a positive conversation about helpfulness. These conversations flow so much easier while riding the wave of a success. The more we’ve talked about it, the more she has beamed with pride. Better yet, she’s looking for new ways to replicate that feeling.
Valentine’s Day is more than over-the-top Facebook posts; it’s an opportunity to show all of those closest to us just how much we love them, including our single pals. While this holiday can be tough for them, I think more than likely they just want to be supported and seen authentically as our dear friend, not as a project to be fixed.
The pressure started to come off of me because I realized I had more helping hands around the house, and it wasn’t up to me to clean up after all four kids all the time.
I turn into the kitchen and find, to my absolute surprise, my toddler scraping oatmeal into the trash can, a small stack of bowls on the floor at her feet, and one already loaded into the opened-by-her dishwasher…