Parenting is difficult. Sometimes we ask, "Is all of this work worth it? Am I making a difference? Are they learning anything?" There are many days that I feel as though I am talking to the wall.
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But, then there are those days where everything seems to be coming together. As you may know, I am about in my 8th month of this pregnancy. We have an almost 15 year old and a 10 year old. Throughout this pregnancy, I have decreasing in my ability to do things physically. I can't lift heavy items and I get tired more easily (who wouldn't with a "basketball" shaped front). Out boys have stepped up and helped out more and more throughout this time.
Our boys are pretty helpful around the house. We have been teaching them how to do things around the home from when they could first hold a toy and put it back into the bucket it belongs in. They do their own laundry, help clean the house, fix simple things, pull and spray the weeds, change the air filter, and help make meals, among other things. These skills have come in very handy over the last few months.
I don't like to ask for help because I just can't do something. There are days that I am extra sore and they have even carried my laundry baskets to the laundry room for me and started my laundry. They have made an eggs and sausage breakfast for the family many times. Our dishwasher has been on the fritz for the past month and they have been washing, drying, and putting dishes away. Our oldest usually does the dishwasher, but there's been more to it with it being broken. They help me groery shop by lifting, putting the items in the basket, and then they do the complete checkout process themselves, other than paying, of course.
These skills are all necessary for them to know what to do when they leave our home and get a place fo their own. That's the reason that we started teaching them early on. I am now seeing the fruit of all of that labor. They have been completely understanding about me not being able to do certain things and they willingly help out.
So, my encouragement to you all is to keep going. Keep teaching your children life skills, not just what's in the books.
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