My friend, Liz, and I were talking about the importance of children having enough “work” to do. When they are left with too much time and not enough guidance, they manage to create their own “work”… which often leads to mischief.
Let me give you an example. Last Thursday Eby took a pair of scissors and cut holes in Ladybug’s fleece blanket. That very same day Little Man carefully peeled up a bit of the bathroom wall paper and then proceeded to tear a section off.
Yes indeed, my boys needed “work”!
The following day, Samuel took a large cart out to the pasture and the boys loaded it full of old firewood. These remnants of a firewood business had been strewn about by the cows and needed to be gathered up; a perfect job for my three and four year old.
In another attempt to create healthy “work” for the boys, I’ve been having them help more with dinner preparation. Peeling potatoes and carrots can keep them busy for quite awhile.
Eby even made “ants on a log” for a special side dish one night.
Another “work” activity that keep my boys busy is “washing dishes” while standing on a stool at the kitchen sink. Since Eby loves water, this occupies him for a long time. Both boys also love cleaning the kitchen with a small bottle of Windex and a cloth.
What kind of “work” keeps your children busy, happy, and out of mischief?