Niagara Gazette — I may be the first parent to say this out loud, but I know most of you have thought this.
Her help continued with the sorting and packing away process. In fact, she insisted I wait until after her bath to complete the process to allow her assistance. She didn’t know where most things went, but it was fun enough showing her and watching her improvise (although moist bathroom wipes in the freezer might prove problematic when they’re needed).
My put-away time was cut by about a quarter. But that wasn’t the best part about working with Penny on this latest round of groceries. Granted, her help saved me three or four trips. But seeing her persevere with the bulk package of canned chicken, eventually getting it on the counter, was a great moment of pride. And having a chore made into a game — a unique trait of childhood — was pretty cool, too.
But if I convert my children into a small army to do my bidding, that won’t be all bad, either.
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