I have been blessed with 5 boys ages 7-3 months. The baby just wants held and the oldest 4 love to help me with everything from cooking, cleaning bathrooms, dishes or whatever project I’m tackling. It started getting pretty hard to have all of them helping me at the same time with a task so I came up with a solution that works well for us. We call it Special Helper, but you can call it whatever you’d like. Mom’s Helper, Helper for the Day, or whatever else your kids like. It fairly simple to do, each child is assigned a day that they are my Special Helper and get to help with cooking, dishes and are asked first if they’d like to help with any other projects I might do.
They have loved getting that one-on-one time with me each week and they are learning how to cook and plan balances meals. That’s a win-win if you ask me! As a mom, I want to teach my boys as much as I can and to be independent so when they are on their own they won’t be eating roman noodles or eating out every night. Hopefully, they will be able to cook for their wives and families as well as help clean the house. Not much beats a man with a vacuum or washing dishes!
Children learn best when when they are young, so teach them as much as you can while they want to learn. I know at some point, they will all hate having to cook or do dishes or spend time with me, even though I hope those teen years aren’t that way, so I am enjoying my time with them as much as I can now and this system lets me get some extra time with each of them. My kids look forward to their day and ask which day of the week it is so they know if it’s close to theirs. This also helps teach the days of the week as well as patience.
Let me know in the comments how you teach your children life skills or get that one-on-one time with them. If you try this system out let me know how it goes for you and enjoy your littles while you can, they grow up so fast!
Lots of love,