Thank you ladies for your support and taking the time to comment. I’ve actually had some people complain that I give my kids to much responsibility because I insist that they do chores from an early age. I was advised that I’m taking to much of their childhood away from them. Yet, I’ve literally had teenagers come apply to work for me that don’t know how to clean anything worth a dime or how to do the simple things in life because they were catered to all their lives.
Last I checked it was our job to PREPARE our kids to GO OUT INTO the workforce ready to make a name for themselves and gaining their own way in life. I WANT my kids to have a better life than I had, and to be able to enjoy MORE of their adulthood by making better decisions than I made. I also aim to be their biggest supporters, but also be the person who pushes them to be all they can be. Of course, it’s reached the point that my kids are old enough to point out my short comings. I once heard, “I can’t respect someone who is a hypocrite.” So, I have to be careful and do as I preach a whole heck of a LOT more than I did before. Of course, I tend to catch myself more in that regard, and have two little boys who are quick to point those things out as well.
Kids may be taught by us, but I also strongly believe that kids TEACH ADULTS!! Adults forget how to ENJOY life. They also forget how to dream and work to make them a reality. Adults also don’t forgive easily. My two boys don’t stay mad long, and they bounce back from whatever drama happens. Plus when they do work at their chores, let me tell you they have FUN doing it. They also remind me that the sooner we get the bad stuff done the quicker we get to play!! (Of course, I’ve installed that one in them, but they are the ones who REMIND me of it.) Kids also have a very strong way of helping you stay on track if you let them know what your goal is. TRUST ME on this one. Del and I told the boys that I was forbidden to have sweets and trust me they go to GREAT extremes to ensure that I don’t have them. They become “little alarms”, and make a scene big time to avoid me having them!! Plus they make great coaches too because they will do everything they can to push you to keep up with them.
What are some things that your kids have taught you??