Just this morning, my kids really stepped up to the plate and helped me out with so many tasks! I love when they move to action without asking, in order to save us so much time when we are in a hurry! I so admire their thoughtful and efficient service. I am impressed with their diligent and competent actions, as they save the day on more than one occasion! There are so many wonderful examples of them charging forward with the mindset of contribution and assistance where needed. It makes a mother proud and so….
CRAZY INSANE MAD SEETHING SCREAMING NOOOOOOOOO!
Can anyone relate?
Oh, I could write a twenty page article filled with examples that make my blood pressure rise just thinking of all the times my kids “helped mommy”…and the aftermath that followed.
Maybe you don’t relate.
Maybe you are the mother that handles a morning more like this:
“Oh, thank you so much sweetie! That was SO helpful to mommy! Now you run along and I will clean up the gallon of milk that you accidentally spilled all over the kitchen floor while you were making your own breakfast for you and your brother during the two minutes I went to the potty! Good job otherwise honey! Oh, yes I see the milk has actually gone down the basement stairs and seeped into the rugs. That is surely okay! You tried your best and I am so proud of you for that! Wow! Look at the time! We are late for school! No worries, the milk can ferment all over the house in the heat of the day. Maybe I will cancel my plans for the day so I can scrub a dub dub the house! Now you little helper, get your coat on and lets go to school! Maybe tomorrow you can help with pancakes?
I see you emptied all the cups of water? Well that’s a very resourceful thing to do! But I’m not sure recycling the water by pouring it back in our water jug is healthy for us all. I appreciate your idea to be mindful of the eminent water shortage though! Now, lets dump the entire jug out.
Oh look at that! Thank you dear son for feeding the fish this morning and helping mommy with a chore! WOW! There are fish pebbles EVERYWHERE! Did you happen to spill the bottle? Oh dear, I see the bottle is empty now. I see fish pebbles under every piece of furniture too! Well, you are a dear for trying to help! Too bad mommy got the super size bottle of fish food. I sure love your contribution to our family though, sweet adorable boy! After I get your sister to school, I will cancel our playdate and my meetings in the afternoon and all that I had on my to do list, and I will wipe up all these sweet little pebbles that rolled under each and every item in the house, then I will mop up all the milk and … oh
OH LOOK AT YOU!!!! YES! I see you emptied out all your toy tubs!!! Well, that’s a great idea to clean out all your toys for mommy!! Say, could we do that later tonight because we are twenty minutes late for school now. What a wonderful, thoughtful idea to challenge yourself to a mindful and efficient task dear son! Well, seeing as every toy you own is now all over the living room floor, every little sweet car and super hero and Beyblade and army man and, and, and… I will attend to cleaning those up with you after I cancel my plans for the day, mop the floors, clean the carpets, and vacuum and wipe up all the fish pebbles. We can do this together when I have two hours open, that I know I can surely squeeze in today!
Did you pack your lunch all by yourself? Why thank you so much for all your help sweetie and taking this responsibility! Can I check your lunch box while I am driving to school? We are quite late, so I will take a peek while driving 50 mph down the 20mph school zone. Well look at that! You did a wonderful job getting the fruit I cut up in the fridge! Candy, candy, hmm… candy. Do you remember when you learned the food groups my cute little sweet-eater you! Well, I don’t see much of those foods in your lunch today. BUT, I love your initiative and you made some choices all by yourself! Good for you! However, I do believe I may come back to school with some protein or any kind of nourishment to get you through the day…after I cancel all my plans, and I mop the floors, clean the carpets, vacuum the fish pebbles, and clean up all the toys…”
If this is you…can you walk on water too?