Saturday, April 28, 2012

Take My Child to MY Work?!

Thursday was "Take Your Child to Work Day". Children are excused from school for the purpose of exposing them to lines of work to help them form some ideas about future career paths. Keeping that in mind, when Sun Kissed Boy #1 asked to stay home with me to experience "my job", which is housewifing, my first reaction was to say no. But after some thought, I decided that it would be a good experience for him to see what I do on any given day. My "every day" sort of speak.

After the littler brothers were dropped off at school, we got to work. I tackled the laundry as he tidied, vacuumed, put laundry away, helped me move furniture around, hung up art, cleaned up the backyard, and danced somewhere in between all that.

This boy has a way of keeping me on my toes. When we finished, the house looked really good. So he says, "Mom, no offense. I don't see how this is your "every day" because our house doesn't always look this nice". He was right. This is when I explained to him about self motivation (and lack there of). I told him about teamwork. Working together not only made the job go faster but it also kept us motivated to stay on track. 

I also told him that I often have to do things outside the house. So off we went to run a couple of errands.

Like a lot of jobs, this job has it's perks too. After our chores were done, we joined a friend for lunch.

Our day turned out to be a very productive one. We worked hard. I couldn't let it end without asking him if he now understood why I get upset when him and his brothers leave messes behind. He understood. I don't think he's a changed person but at least he understood.

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Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love this! I would get the "you don't do anything" comment from my kids. I still don't think they quite get it!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

You are such a smart mom! They don't get it until they do it. :) I'm glad you had a good day with #1.

Teachinfourth said...

Sometimes, it IS much easier when you have a working buddy...it also looks like you were able to teach him a few life lessons along the way.