the wind blows chill right to my summer-loving-bones. i've never liked the cold. give me warmth and sunshine and bare feet any day, every day. the winter days are hard and long with little ones that desperately need to be outside washing away their energy with running and jumping and tree climbing high enough to make my mama heart panic.
so, in an effort to fight the winter-melt-downs ensued by too many hours cooped up inside, i am slowly giving my little ones more responsibilities around the house. their ages are seven-next month, four and a half and two-next month.
after breakfast is finished they clear their area, something we've been working on for weeks now. teaching them to take ownership of their space and their things. they put their plates in the sink and their water cups in the refrigerator. i ask eisley, the oldest, to empty the dishwasher, which she currently LOVES to do. i start making the bed and durgin comes in upset that he doesn't have a job. now, had i issued a job earlier without his request i truly feel he would have resisted. however, seeing his older sister with a job instantly made him want one. so he brought the laundry from the dryer to the living room and folded what he could and put away a few things as well.
lunch was prepared while the darlings played. then we enjoyed a bit of geography along with our goodies. .
once they were finished they, again, cleared their area and asked to clean the floors. every part of my perfectionist self wanted to say no i'll do that later, but i resisted. they each had a broom or mop of some sort. very little cleaning was actually accomplished but with some upbeat music they enjoyed a little dance party while getting the hang of pushing the broom around. they expended some energy and my floors do look surprisingly cleaner.
how do you teach your little ones to help out around the house?