“Tell Me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I will learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

One of the things with having small children is their need to follow us around. Maybe it’s just mine… but if I walk out of the room, they typically drop what they are doing to see what I am up to. Sometimes I receive this well and other times, I would just like to go to the bathroom in peace. You know what I mean?

I try to remind myself that their curiosity is a healthy thing and that I should be capitalizing on their teachable moments. Not to the point to self-exhaustion, but rather just making a point to be a little more intentional.

I’m always thinking about all the things I want to teach and pass down to my children. What better way to kill two birds with one stone, than to slow down and go about my daily tasks with the goal to give my children opportunities to learn?

Here are some of the areas that I am working to intentionally involve my small kids…

Reading

We do a lot of reading at our house. We have a structured reading time where I read to the kids, as well as give my daughter a reading lesson. But there are also times that I have content that I am personally reading and if they are in my presence, vying for my attention, I will read it out loud. Whether it’s the Bible, a cookbook, or instructions, (With the exception of material that might not be kid-friendly) I’ll share it with them.img_2305_edited-1

Office Work

 There are numerous times throughout my week that I have office work of some kind. This includes doing our finances, blog brainstorming, planning, things of that nature. If it requires a paper and a pencil we sit down at the table and do it together.

They each have their own notebook where they take notes, doodle, or color while I get a little work done. Most of the time we chit-chat about what we are doing and show each other our work. 🙂

Cleaning

I have begun the chore train. I think giving kids responsibility teaches them that their contribution is important and vital to our family. Not only does it teach them how to do tasks but why we share the responsibility.

It teaches that we all have a part in keeping our home functioning well. It also gives them a sense of ownership toward their family, as well as, their belongings.

Our kids are really little so these are very simple: making beds, folding washcloths, picking up, or just following me around with a toy broom. 😉

Cooking

We have a super small kitchen, but we have a little bar that they can pull the kitchen chairs up to so they can watch what I am making. A lot of times, I have them help by pouring in the ingredients, reading me the recipe, or sampling the goods. 😉

There have been times when my kids will ask me something like, “How many teaspoons should we put in here, Mom?” and I know it’s not something I’ve officially taught them, but rather what they have picked up from their experiences with me, in the kitchen.img_2243_edited-1

Crafts

 I usually have some sort of craft going that I pick up when I get a chance, and my kids are inevitably always interested and wanting a hands-on part in the process. Sometimes I’ll give them a ball of yarn and a crochet needle and let them go to town, and other times I’ll just pop a movie in…   (Give me a break, I can’t get it right ALL the time.)   🙂

 

I’m working on being better at involving my small kids. I’m seeing that it takes a little extra effort, but it also makes the day to day a lot more enjoyable. Little people are filled with wonder and excitement about those things that have long lost their luster for me. Who knew that laundry could be so much fun, or that cooking makes you giggle?

I’m also hoping they are learning a little something from each experience that I allow them to have. Just knowing that not everything they will learn will come from a spoken word or a text book, takes a lot of pressure off of me. Sometimes its just taking their little hands and bringing them along..

In what ways do you involve your kids? And what kind of experiences do you feel they learn the most from?

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11 Comments

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    Valerie

    March 4, 2017

    “Most of the time we chit-chat about what we are doing and show each other our work.” – How adorable! I’m totally going to try including my five year old in office time. Thanks 🙂

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      inspirethemom

      March 4, 2017

      sweet! Let me know how it goes. <3

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        Valerie

        March 4, 2017

        I will!

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    ParentingIsFunny

    March 4, 2017

    Great advice. I homeschool so the little buggers have to learn from me all day long. 😉

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    Becca

    March 4, 2017

    I think my kids teach me more than I teach them. They teach me to find the wonder in every day and the miracle in the mundane. They find beauty in a spider and joy in a dandelion head. Ah, to see the world anew through their eyes!

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      inspirethemom

      March 4, 2017

      I think the same thing. The more I open my day up to them, the more colorful and beautiful it becomes.

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    [email protected]

    March 4, 2017

    Oh, I’ve been needing ideas to start fresh in some of these areas! Sometimes I’m good (and patient) about involving my girls, but other times I just get so focused and selfish about what I want to accomplish that I don’t even try. I stopped and calmed down and showed them how to help me with the laundry today and they were so cute! They loved putting everything from the washer into the dryer (and it really was helpful). I may try office work with them soon…but we’ll see 😉 Thanks!

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      inspirethemom

      March 4, 2017

      Its nice to know I’m not the only one who has to stop and really make an intentional effort sometimes. Maybe its a personality thing, idk. Glad you had a sweet laundry moment today, that makes me smile. <3

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    terrimadden2016

    March 4, 2017

    Hi Jessica, I know all about having the kids follow you as you leave the room! My 20 month old is just so curious and full of wonder. Our 2 youngest , well more so the 3 year old love reading time .Its so cool you do office time with the kids, We do a lot of coloring which the youngest is getting into. Household chores are always fun , They have their little brooms and love laundry time especially in laundry room. Not into folding yet! Our 9 year old daughter does her own which is a help. You are a great example in this post Jessica , on doing better in other areas I need to step up. Have a great day, Hugs, Terri xoxo.

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    rhythminlife

    March 4, 2017

    We homeschool our babies and I would say their learning is never ending even though we have specific curriculums for guidance. The crafting part though is with their daddy. I do a ton of reading with them and our 7 year old is picking interest of his own in that area. We teach them about the beauty in work. We have them work for some cash like shredding paper (we don’t give them an allowance). They also help wash the vehicles to earn extra. It’s really become existing for them to do that as they learn to give, save and spend off their own earnings.💞

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      inspirethemom

      March 5, 2017

      Yes! “Teaching the beauty of work”…sounds like a good blog post idea, sis!

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