During my teaching days, I remember each week changing my helpers on my special helper chart. And how each week my students would be so excited to be chosen for a job. I remember how tempting it was as a teacher to choose the student who kept her desk pristine and clean to be the ‘Housekeeper’ and to choose the person with the immaculate writing to be the ‘Whiteboard Monitor.’ However, when I would choose a person with awkward and far-from-perfect penmanship to be the ‘Whiteboard Monitor’ , that student would be extra excited to be chosen for such a role and strive to write neater on the board. To be honest, my teacherly insides would cringe when my ‘Housekeeper’ would forget about a big dust pile, or when my ‘Whiteboard Monitor’ wrote the date in an upward scrawl. Similarly, as a mother, with Z it is easy to only give her jobs that she can do well, but when you give children jobs that may be challenging, they do get excited, and it makes it worth it (a great article about that here). The job will be done in a childlike quirky manner and won’t be perfect, but then who is perfect?
Also, I’m loving our lazy pajama days and trying to savor them. Next year I am not sure if Z will be going to school full-time or part-time. Sometimes getting out of the house can be work, so it’s nice to just be at home and enjoy pajamas, messy hair buns, and enjoy girly accessories.