The other day, I asked Chloe to put a couple books away. She took them back to her room and didn’t return. When I went to find her, she was putting all of her books away on her shelf. Didn’t she do a good job??
I was thrilled that she was taking the initiative to clean up her room, but immediately wanted to straighten the books up myself. I held back, because I didn’t want to discourage her.
She always wants to help us cook these days and is constantly on her stool in the kitchen or on the counter. (She actually had a melt down yesterday when I put her stool away in anticipation of Julia being here while I was cooking lunch. I thought having 2 girls and 1 stool would create a problem, but Chloe was not happy that I wasn’t letting her help!!) When we clean, she wants to help. This works out great if we’re dusting near unbreakables, but isn’t so great when we’re cleaning toilets. Luckily, she got a broom for her birthday, so she can add another chore to her list.
I’m hoping I can give up control enough to know that when she’s helping, she’s learning. And I hope I don’t dampen her spirit by correcting her too often. Maybe a few months from now, I can teach her how to change diapers 🙂