Our kids are definitely put to work around here. They are often too immature for a lot of chores, but there are still plenty of things to find for them to do. They put their dirty dishes in the dishwasher, put the clean dishes away, help with sorting laundry, put clean laundry away, and are expected to help keep their things tidy.

More often than not, it takes a parent telling them what to do in order for anything to get done. It is usually more work to get them helping than it is to just do it ourselves. They have not been self starters in the chore department.

Until today!

Markus offered to take some garbage outside to the bin, he brought the fliers in from the house mailbox, and then asked if he could go down the street to get the mail! I was apprehensive to let him get the mail, mostly because I didn’t think he was tall enough to reach the box. Markus always seems to be one step ahead of us – a bit of a schemer, this one – and he said he would just bring a stool. He was sure he could carry the mail and the stool on the way back, but I sent Wyatt along to make the job a little easier.

What a difference it makes to have them volunteering to help! All these tasks were things that actually needed to be done, and they saved me time because I didn’t have to intervene. They just did it.

Happy Independence Day!

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