Every time I see this I think, “If I could get my husband to do 10 of these things…”
Yes, here it is again. The mommy-shamer list of all the stuff I should have taught my pampered softies to do. You know what has two thumbs and also doesn’t do half this stuff? This mom. Disinfect doorknobs? Cook complete dinner? Use hand-held vacuum? Never heard of any of these things. They sound lame.
That said, I totally remember changing my sister’s diaper though she was just 6 years younger than me. I remember cleaning bathrooms at that age, too. I used to close the door and narrate what I was doing like I was hosting a TV show on how to clean bathrooms. In a British accent. My catch-phrase was, “It’s going to look worse before it looks better, love!” My mom used to send me to the grocery store with a wagon, a list, and a check when I was 8. I would have done the shoping in a British accent, too, if all 500 people in the town hadn’t known me.
On the parenting side, there are a few things on the list I’m just not going to touch. After much pleading, my daughter finally received a pair of kid’s scissors for Christmas this year, and even that freaks me out. She’s not peeling potatoes any time soon. In fact, it is only this year, that I’ve let her weild her own dinner knife, and that with trepidation.
For the rest of the 6-7 list, we’re actually pretty much on target with Fluffs. I’ve taught her how to clean bathrooms. I let her help with cooking. She consistently picks up the rec room and her own room, loads her dishes, unloads silverware, microwaves her own tortillas. She can’t tie her shoes, or anyone else’s, but that’s another story. I actually really enjoy this list because it makes me feel like less of a tyrannical slave-driver to know that it is normal to expect a 6 year-old to do some basic chores.
And what about my boys? They do every one of those things on the 2-3 year-old list. Maybe with some slight modifications. Salty and Peppers:
- Put toys in refrigerator
- Throw books behind headboard
- Remove all clothes from dresser and toss them in each other’s cribs
- Throw away plastic bibs and remotes
- Carry cartons of raw eggs upstairs
- Unfold all washcloths in linen closet
- Scratch the table
- Squirt entire tube of diaper cream onto board books and crib (this afternoon)
- Dust kitchen with chocolate milk powder or dish detergent
They are very talented little men, I’ll give them that. I guess it is up to me to harness and rechannel their energy into nobler pursuits. I’m going to start that tomorrow. Wish me luck!