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Jennifer Wolf

The Twelve Days of Christmas Sanity: Day 4

By December 16, 2010

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On the fourth day of Christmas,
I gave a gift to me:
Four helpful kids,
Three best friends,
Two great big hugs,
And an evening out just for me.

Okay, be honest. How helpful are your children? I find that my kids are incredibly helpful, when I ask them to help. Many times, when partially-finished craft projects are left all over the kitchen table, or wet bath towels are thrown on the floor, I'm tempted to do the job myself, because it's faster. That doesn't do anything to teach my kids to pick up after themselves, though, or to be responsible for the things we own. It's harder to stop myself in my tracks and ask my kids to come take care of whatever it is that's been left out. It takes more time, energy, and patience. But it also helps to prevent it from happening again, and in the long run, that's where holding your kids accountable and expecting them to help out around the house is another way of being kind to yourself--because it puts less of that burden, day after day, on you. Read More...

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