So what if my daughter isn’t yet two? It’s never too early to introduce a child to the concept of chores, glorious chores, a toddler’s introduction to a life of hardship and pain.
Okay, so she wasn’t really helping and she wasn’t really pulling but she sure thought she was. With all the effort she put into this task, you’d think she was training for Missy Muscles 2012.
Look at that proud stance! Witness that satisfied aura! She loved it! Which is a good thing because this will be her job for the next 18 years.
Here are the top 6 reasons why our toddler does chores:
1) We raise and slaughter chickens for meat. Do I need to explain this one further? Let’s just say that I look forward to the day when I can retire inside, sip a margarita and read W while my children do the dirty work.
2) My house is too small for an avalanche of toys, 80 percent of which June doesn’t even look at anyway. Her favorite toy these days is a paper sack full of old sippy cups. We deprive this child of nothing! I’d rather she be outside in the fresh air
detailing the car building character.
3) She gets a lot of satisfaction doing things herself. Her latest chore is feeding our dog Solha. Every night, she fine tunes her scooping technique by dishing food into Solha’s bowl, then carries the bowl all by her big-girl self over to Solha’s eating area. June is practically hysterical with excitement once Solha starts eating food so expertly served.
4) “Work is dignity.” I believe it was F. Scott Fitzgerald who said that to his aimless and often depressed wife Zelda. Why was she aimless and depressed? ‘Cause she probably never clipped the grass, not once.
5) We don’t do anything else. Some families go hiking and biking together on Saturdays. Not us! We dig holes for fun. And mulch. And pull weeds. We so need to get out more.
6) Life is hard. I’ll wait while you write that down. A bit Dickensian, I know, but it’s true. It’s taken me a long time to accept that if you want to get anywhere in this world, you pretty much have to scrape and sweat and bleed for it (which also begs the question, then why am I wasting so much time writing this blog post?). I’d rather instill this sober lesson in June while she’s young and malleable and subject to my whims than wait until she’s perched around the craps table in Reno hoping to hit it big and wondering why she lives in a camper.
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