Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Words for Wednesday - On Children's Habits

(From the Delightful Order shop. And don't miss her blog, either!)
The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days; while she who lets their habits take care of themselves has a weary life of endless friction with the children. - Charlotte Mason
Habits extend to far more than chores, of course, but it's as good place a place as any to start. Yes, a two or three year old can learn to carry {small} trashcans, put away silverware, or hang her sweater on a hook. And yes, it will take longer than if you do it yourself.

But who wants to be hanging up the children's sweaters for the rest of her life? Not I.


Elisabeth said...

So you mean every time I do laundry and have to take piles back to the kids so they can turn things right-side out really is a good thing to do?! =) Guess I'll keep doing it, among other things.

Karin said...

Good for you for teaching them well! So many folks don't make their own bed, never mind getting the kids to make theirs! We still used to have a bedspread in the olden days! Now it's been made easier and it still doesn't get made! Chores are a good thing! Also good to rotate the chores among the sibling. That way everyone gets to learn different tasks!

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