[It's the Little Things] My Little Helper.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I have this bad tendency of doing things myself. Not when it comes to Seth necessarily, but when it comes to Mason. Things I know that would take me 2 minutes to do and would surely take 10 times longer if I let Mason help, I just do myself. Why? To be honest, I don't even know. It's not like I am in a hurry to go somewhere or do something, I just do it myself.

So the other day when I was stocking the little fridge with waters, Mason walked up to me. I could tell that he wanted to help and instead of telling him 'no', I let him help. I handed him waters one by one and told him to put them in the fridge. So he did.


Definitely not the fastest way of stocking the fridge or the most efficient, but he had the BIGGEST smile on his face the WHOLE time like "hey, I did that!"

Then, a couple days later, I was making some lemonade and I thought "why don't I let Mason help?" Of course this definitely wasn't the fastest or cleanest way of making lemonade, but Mason was so excited to sit on the counter and stir (and try to drink the lemonade straight from the pitcher), how could I deny him that joy?


I definitely don't consider myself an uptight person, but sometimes I think I just need to say 'yes' more and just see what happens. Sure it might mean that I have a few extra minutes of clean up or re-arranging, but hey, if it lets Mason grow and explore and try new things, in my eyes, it's definitely worth it.


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14 comments:

  1. I'm the same way! Lately I've been letting Reese help me empty the dishwasher and she loves it, so it's worth it if it takes a little bit longer :) Just wait until they're older and they can do their own chores - gotta say I'm looking forward to that :D

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  2. Love it!!!!!!! It feels so good to be a "yes mom" sometimes, right?! They won't always be so eager to help so we have to take advantage now! ...even if that means more work for us ;)

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  3. I'm right there with you. It's so hard to let them help and deal with the mess sometimes, but it is worth it!

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  4. Agree! I'm kind of a control freak, but it's fun to let our babies help around the house and see their sense of pride!

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  5. YAY!!! I love it! I try to have Callie "help" me as much as I can. One it's easier to involve her vs wondering if she's running around the house getting into trouble. but two (maybe more important) I want her to learn there's chores/work to be done and be a part of helping around the house from an early age. It helps that she mostly likes to help since she's in the "I can do it all by myself stage" already! :) Yay for saying yes!

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  6. I totally agree with this. I am such a Type-A OCD person that I just don't want to deal with the messes and such, but it means so much to them to help. I try to let it go and make and let him help with stuff as much as I can handle it for the day lol. Myles really loves helping in the kitchen (the messiest place of course)!

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  7. Girl, I am the same way with Marcus. Patience isn't a virtue I really possess, so when I need something done I usually just do it, otherwise things just take forever. BUT, I've really been trying to get Marcus to help me more with simple every day tasks. He loves to help, and seeing the satisfaction - like stacking water or making lemonade - is just something that's near impossible to say no to.

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  8. So sweet. I find myself in the same spot. Sometimes letting them help isn't always the easiest thing to do. But it is usually good for both of us.

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  9. Such a great post and loved finding your blog! Such a good reminder to have our little ones help out more.

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  10. I am the same as you. I've gotten better. One thing Connor loves is putting his shoes and socks away when I'm cleaning up or putting laundry away. It isn't as neat as my OCD self would like it to be but he has fun and he is learning something in the process. I guess us Mommas need to let go some, right?

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  11. It's really important for him to help you out with things, it teaches him & makes him feel good that he's helping you. Way to go, Mom! :)

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  12. Same way. I'm just faster and I'm a total control freak. I'd rather clean up Aria's toys because I like to put them back organized. Chris is like..dude, chill.

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  13. I am the same way! It’s just faster and easier to do things myself. But, over the years I’ve learned to let it go and let Mason help. Though it’s no easy task to do so. I love this post. And love the picture of the waters in the fridge…melts my heart! Precious!

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  14. Isn't it SO cute when they want to help?! I mean... it definitely takes patience on our end, but totally worth it to see the joy on their little faces. Someone once told me that children don't think in time, they don't really have a sense of it, so I try to remember that when letting Scarlett help me... definitely helps me to stand back and just watch her :) kind of like I don't have a sense of time either! Easier said than done though, eh?! :)

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