YES! We are definitely not perfect parents around here (surprise), but I see the time I have my kids at home as very valuable. I am not their babysitter. I have a brief period where I can pass on skills they will need for life. So I am a big believer in getting kids involved in as much housework as possible.
So we’ve started to re-focus on getting the kids doing some chores around the house. Caleb is our snack man, which means every day at 3pm he helps me set the table, wash the fruit or veggie that is our snack (or cookie if grandma is visiting). He serves everyone their snack, their drink, he clears the table, wipes it down, and sweeps. He also loves vacuuming (yes, we’ll need to repaint all the baseboards soon), mopping (there is a 1 foot square spot on the floor that is sparkling clean), moving loads of laundry from the washer to the dryer (so much clothes falls on the floor in the process, we consider it mopping… double duty counts as extra points!) and washing dishes (ie. splashing water on the floor).
I keep my expectations very low, and give him wild praises if we’re even 50% getting the job done.
…the place where kid’s eating/drinking items go to get lost.
There are 2 main issues with this drawer.
The first is we have a little gremlin *Elise*, that sneaks into this drawer at every opportunity and likes to remove, and throw each item as far as possible. And apparently there’s bonus points if she hides small parts under furniture.
The second is we can never find matching sippy cup components. If I was to mail myself a letter, to arrive 3 years ago, it would say, “Pick 1 sippy cup, and buy 12 of that single sippy cup. And if anyone generously gives you sippy cups that don’t match, give them back.” Then I wouldn’t be endlessly searching for parts. And I wouldn’t have snap peas flying at my head, while hearing “milk” being repeatedly yelled, while I fumble through the drawer to find just 2 sippy cups with all components. (creative license being used… my kids haven’t ever thrown anything at me…. but they’re still young.)
If I had a time machine, I’d fill the abyss of my “kid’s drawer” with Lifefactory glass bottles with sippy cup attachments . These have been dropped numerous times, and haven’t shattered. Also, the sippy part has been through 2 kids teething, and are still in good shape.