For a while we’ve been encouraging the boys to take on little responsibilities in the home. They are good at small tasks like helping to put the washing away, putting their dirty clothes in the wash basket, putting their pyjamas under their pillows and helping to set the table for dinner. Jared and I talked about wanting to give them a few new responsibilities, but I felt quite daunted – I hate nagging them to do things, and in all honestly it is usually quicker just to do it myself which totally misses the point.
I bought a book called ‘Design Mom’ (which is great by the way) the other week and in it Gabrielle suggested moving all of the everyday crockery, glasses, cups and cutlery so that children can reach them. As soon as I read this I knew that this would make a huge difference and enable the boys to help so much more easily. I want them to feel like they are dependable, and useful – because they are.
Setting the table previously had involved me getting the plates and glasses down from the cupboard and putting them on the worktop, but now when I ask them to set the table they don’t need any assistance. Otto loves putting laying the cutlery out and he can even place the glasses out too. It also means that they can empty the dishwasher quickly and (for the moment) they really enjoy it. Plus, they can get a drink of water or milk for themselves without having to ask me for a cup. It’s a win-win situation for all of us.
I feel like this is quite an obvious switch around, but one I hadn’t considered.
Hopefully somebody else will find it useful too!