Ever notice that kids like to help out when they’re young? Kids like to move along with you, and get involved in what you are doing. I have memories of my sisters and I trying to “sew” doll clothes by hand while my mom sewed on her sewing machine. She was good about letting us “help” her. I see her doing the same thing with my kids, and I recognize that this is not something that comes naturally to me. I am not the most patient mom, so I struggle with letting kids “help” when you just want to get something done.
When you think about it though, it’s pretty dumb to discourage helping. Don’t we all want helpful kids as they get older? How will they learn to help if we don’t let them help when they want to help? So I am trying to slow down and let the little ones help me more. It’s taken me till now (eleven years after my first) to enjoy letting Annika move the laundry to the dryer, or push the button to start the wash machine. Now I so enjoy her enthusiasm as the machine starts whirling and spitting water on the clothes.
I dug up some great pictures of the kids when they were younger helping out.
Do you let your kids “help” out? Do you have to supress your urge for efficiency?