Ask for help!
Teach your children to meet your needs, just as gladly as you meet theirs. Ask for their help.
For instance, if your day feels bleak and dreary, you can ask your children to make you a centerpiece of pine cones and then send them out to find the cones, holly, and sprigs of pine.
If you are beleaguered, you know that tea cures all. Ask a child to put on the kettle.
Ask your children to set a beautiful table for lunch, using the special placemats.
Ask an older child to set the timer, and then lead a five-minute “spruce up” of the living room to loud music.
You can ask your kids to toss a Frisbee with you in the fresh air.
You can all make sock balls that you toss into a clean waste can at the end of laundry folding to score points.
Ask your children to lay a washcloth across your forehead when you have a headache and to add a little lavender oil.
Ask them to use Pledge and the dusting cloth to wipe down all the dusty wooden surfaces. (Kids love this!)
Asking for help is different than assigning chores. Drop the “assignments” and “demands” and “lectures about responsibility,” and literally ask for help.
You might frame it like this:
“Wow. I’m exhausted today and a little overwhelmed. You know what would help me?….”
Then say it. Children love to make you happy and helping you is the chief way they can.
When you are overdone, get help or go play––or do both. I like that Charlotte Mason gives us permission to do just that.
Cross-posted on facebook.
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