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Mom-day Advice

My advice? Start ’em early. Yes, that is the Joann’s ad they are looking at. Yes they got it out themselves so they could go through it. Yes, I am so proud!! 🙂

But, seriously- The real advice? Start teaching your children to be the people you want them to be when they’re adults.

Do it on purpose.

Don’t just hope they’ll turn out okay because you want them to- make it happen. I try to look at it this way- One day I want to have children I can command/ask to do a job around the house and know it will get done in a manner that is satisfactory to me. In order for that to happen- I need to teach said children:
a) what a job is
b) what that job requires
c)the consequences for failing to meet their mother’s outrageously high standards {ha- that was a joke- my standards aren’t that high}.

It means a little more effort on my part now- doing the job with them at times to make sure they know all the ins and outs of the task at hand- but in the future it means hours of reading magazines eating bon bons because I can just make the kids do it. 😉 And, as an added bonus, when they move out, on their own, and they are filthy pigs and live in a giant mess- I will be completely guilt free because I will know I taught them better than that. Then I’ll drop my candy bar wrapper on THEIR floor. 🙂 Or, maybe, they will actually like having a clean house with things put away and they’ll do it themselves. Maybe…

Today’s take away? Do it on purpose. Teach them now- whether they’re 3 or 13. They can learn- and you’ll all be happier for it. Not just house keeping skills {although they are important}, but all the skills they’ll need to be successful. Pick one and go to work. The end.

xoxo,
Amy

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    Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    February 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Fantastic advice. I'm pretty strict with cleaning up, helping out, and manners. I know it will be worth it down the road. And my oldest LOVES JoAnns!!!

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    Amy @ Increasingly Domestic
    February 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I could not agree more! I believe that my job as a parent is to raise my children to be responsible, polite, self-govered adults…and that starts when they are children.

    Great post Amy!

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    Christina @ AccomplishingMotherhood
    February 24, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    hahahahaa. I really have been thinking about this so much lately. THen again sometimes I feel as though I get to laxed and they become little tazmanian devils.
    Thanks for the laugh Amy. I needed it!

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