In a previous post I mentioned that “One day a week the children and I will prepare a wardrobe for five days”. I’ve decided that in order to make time for the things of God before school such as prayer, encouragement or Bible reading that we must plan ahead.
So this week I pulled out the iron and begun the initial steps of training the children for this process. The steps have been adapted from the system that we use to prepare for church and weekend trips to Grandma’s house.
Step 1: The two older children pick out all of the outfits for Mom’s inspection and approval.
Step 2: Shirts in one pile pants in another.
Step 3: Mom and older Sis divide and conquer the ironing.
Step 4: All three younger children hang the clothes as they are ironed.
Note: Younger children are learning hand eye coordination since they must button top button of every shirt. (only the top button) In addition they learn teamwork since they must work together to get the job done. My 4 yo holds the hanger while my 6 yo hangs the pants neatly over the hanger. Then and my 6 yo hold the hanger while my 4 yo hangs the shirt and buttons it.
Step 5: Gather 15 shopping bags. A pair of socks, an undershirt (winter season), underwear/panties and bra are placed in each bag. One bag is hung over each hanger.
Note: This will be a great place to stick love notes and small gifts for the children)
Step 6: Mom and all children hang the clothes neatly within the children’s reach.
We started practicing this week. We worked on thirteen shirts and I was amazed to see how diligent the children were at their tasks. While we were working, God had blessed me with a few moments to allow my 6 yo daughter to stand beside me while I guided her in ironing half of a shirt. The joy that it gave her warmed my heart.
Moms, I admonish you to remember that our jobs should not be our task masters. They should bring joy and gladness to our hearts if we endeavor to please God in doing them.
Taking time to teach children how to properly care for and manage their lives is a great responsibility. It takes time and patience. Let me say that again…TIME and PATIENCE.
They will not learn it all overnight, but with consistent teaching and time spent with Mom they will glean the necessary skills to care for themselves and their families.
Ladies be diligent in gleaning the patience needed to allow your children the opportunity to help you around the home. Not only are you teaching them but you are building relationship bonds that will not easily be broken. This is the time to capture their hearts. Do it now while they desire to give it to you.
What are some tasks that you enjoy doing with your children?