Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Giving Your Children Responsibility
I think that sometimes we underestimate what our children can do. My oldest is only ten years old but he has been able to completely run our household.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 I was determined to make sure my children could take care of themselves if they had too. My son was only six at the time but I taught him how to load the dishwasher, do laundry, and help care for his younger sisters. Once I had recovered and no longer had to worry about cancer we found out that my heart had been severely damaged by the chemotherapy. The first summer after chemo I could barely get off the couch because I couldn't breathe. My son had no choice but to run our household. This time he learned how to change diapers, make breakfast, lunch, and put dinner in the crock pot. He could completely do a load of laundry and run the dishwasher. At the time my children were 7,5,3, and six months old ( I was pregnant during my cancer experience!!).
Many people were amazed that my son at age 7 could take care of our home. I wasn't. IF we train them young enough they can do anything. Now, I'm on medication for my heart failure and I am able to take care of our home. However, during the summer there are still a few days when I can't do much and my oldest two children are able to step up and help run our home.
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