I never thought I’d have children when I was younger. I changed my mind over wanting them but I’m still not a baby person. And to be honest, some children are cute, funny or great for conversation, but most I can take them or leave them. I can understand children more and talk to them, but would still rather have them once they’re communicating well (and are potty trained).
Other than the fact he’s my child and obviously I love having him, there ARE benefits of children in the house. Especially when they’re preschoolers through to early primary school age, are keen to do what adults do, and want to help out.
Give N a gadget or piece of cleaning equipment and he’s away. I big the job up as something that he wouldn’t be able to do yet, and you can bet he’ll give it a go. Add in a sticker for his reward chart for helping round the house and it’s a no brainer.
Of course, this doesn’t work on his own mess. I’ve recently had to ask him to pick up all the elastic bands he chopped up (and either hung over the top of the tv in a pretty pattern or just dumped in a pile on the floor). And a banana skin, empty yoghurt pot and leftover sandwich thin and cheese that I spotted in the back room. Of course he denied all knowledge of them being his mess.
But there’s plenty of occasions when children can be useful in times of adult laziness.
Roles for children
Need something from another room, ask them to get it. Try pretending they’re a dog and getting them to retrieve – playing dogs seems to be popular with N’s school friends at the moment.
Will clear the table of plates and take to the dishwasher (I’ve not managed to get him to load it yet, but I’m working on that).
Will happily use the vacuum cleaner and carpet sweeper. The dusting needs practice.
Will help take bags to the bin as long as they fit on his bike handles or in the back of his gator trailer.
I have giving (or having) back or head massages, but N will happily indulge the OH.
6, DJ or movie mogul
N loves working the dvd player and choosing the music to play. Beware the sticky fingerprints and get ready to turn the volume down as N loves to listen to the music loud.
7, Shopping bag unloader
When I have an online shop, N is beside himself. He just has to help whether it’s bedtime or not.
8, Washer upper
We have a dishwasher, so washing dishes is a novelty.
9, Fire warden
N will get logs from outside the front door to bring into the living room. And if the wood burner needs closing up while the OH is settled on the sofa, N now knows how to use the poker to close up the burner safely when asked.
10, Bed stripper
His own only. And usually when he has friends to visit rather than when requested!
N loves to cut the grass…with scissors. It could take a while.
What helpful things around the house do your children like to do? What would you love them to do to relieve you of the chore?
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