1.20.2011

Squeaky Clean!

 There is usually one morning a week we designate as "cleaning time" around the house. The girls usually don't get out of their Pj's and from the moment we wake up we are pumped to CLEAN (this picture is from this week's cleaning session)! There are two different themes when mentally preparing for cleaning day as a mom;  efficient use of time vs. life training. There are days when I simply do not have time to watch my two girls swiffer the same 2x2 square for 30 minutes, so I have to distract them with other activities. But most of the time, I block out the morning and we do a bit of life training and learn how to clean! Of course, they do not get to use any chemicals, but they can dry Swiffer and dust their little hearts out. They get to load things in the washer and dryer, they can wipe down the surfaces in their rooms, they can fold towels- it is amazing how much a 2 and 4 year old can do and how much they enjoy it! I also use this activity on airplanes, there is the period of time between "loading" and "electronic devices" on a flight and I use that time for my girls to wipe down the seats, tray tables and arm rests on the plane. People might look at me like I am pushing slave labor, but the girls ask to do it and absolutely LOVE it! Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” I try to find as many "training"opportunities as possible throughout the day and try to teach my kids life skills or lessons through everyday activities. I simply write this as an encouragement, (especially for moms of boys- I know, easier said than done, but what I wouldn't give for my husband's mother to have trained him in the art of house cleaning!! Amen?), there are so many things we can teach our kids through the little activities, it does not have to be a fancy electronic lesson, it can simply be folding a towel or baking cookies! 

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