Since she was very little the kid has been a fan of helping me sweep. She loves to sweep, she loves to dust, she sees me cleaning and wants to help. For this I am very thankful.
She also loves shovelling snow, which is great, especially if that continues through the teenage years.
I have spurts when I feel like cleaning – nothing feels better than scrubbing and shining and washing, working up a sweat and coming out on the other end with a clean house. It’s not a perfect system, but I get things done, and she likes to help.
When I was in high school I knew people who were totally unprepared for university. One girl in my accounting class was two years older than me and confessed one day that she had never done her own laundry, her mother still cleaned her room, and, of course, she didn’t know how to cook. I could do all those things when I left home, and when I moved back after college I took over the grocery shopping and making dinners.
I’m aiming for my daughter to have the same level of independence, or at least self-preservation skills. So far so good.