I do not have perfect children. I’m trying to teach my five year old to sweep. After she has swept the dining room, I check it. Most of the time I get a full dust pan and wonder what she got in her dust pan. I also wonder whether it’s worth it to walk with them through the steps of cleaning when even their best work is not always much better than nothing.
But, my friend Mary mentioned something that I’m been thinking about for awhile. She said that mothers should be having their toddlers make their beds because it’s the routine and practice that are most valuable, not necessarily that the bed be perfectly made. I liked that thought, and discovered it can apply to a great many things I want my children to do.
Alas, I’ll have to carry this conversation forward.