Hey, I want to tell you a secret. Lean in a little closer. A little closer than that. Yeah, that's good! Are you ready for it? Here goes: "Kids love to help!"
Here's an example of how we often squelch their helpfulness! My beautiful children are still young, so they offer to help all of the time - making cookies, washing windows, putting away their laundry, raking leaves, watering the garden, cleaning up the garage, dressing themselves (this mainly pertains to my two-year-old), mowing the lawn (see picture insert), you name it! Sounds like a recipe for success, and many times it is, but other times, I brush off their offerings because I am in a hurry; it's easier to do it myself; it's above their skill level, etc.
I know I'm not the only one who does this or else we wouldn't have a bunch of preteens, teens and grownups who don't offer their help anymore. Somewhere down the line, someone either said or implied that no help was needed, so, now, the once-happy helpers have to be bribed to pitch in!
Well, I for one, am going to make a concerted effort to fortify the "happy helper" bone in my children because it's beneficial to everyone. Heck, it never gets old feeling needed, included and responsible.
Food for thought,