A Desire to Help

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When did we lose the desire to help?

It seems so natural to my one year old.

Give her a rag and she will wipe everything down for you.
Say “Can you put that in the trash?” and, after a few detours, we put it in the trash and clap about it.

She loves helping with the dishes.

But I think yard work is probably her favorite.

Even older kids ask “Can I help you cook?”, “Can I hold the baby?”, and “CAN I HELP?!”

Maybe we spend so much time saying “No” to the help that we are offered by them that our children learn that their help isn’t valuable or wanted.

No, I’m not going to give her a knife to chop up the veggies quite yet…

But if she gets the broom out….

Why not tell her “Thank you” like I would anyone else?

Why not begin…

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One thought on “A Desire to Help

  1. I love this. You are totally right about encouraging your little girl to “help” with chores. I had a little girl I was watching “help” me vacuum the floor. Soon, all the kids wanted a turn to vacuum. In the end, they actually got most of the crumbs and when it was Miss Sarah’s turn, I got the rest done and they had a blast. 🙂

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