Letting Go of Mommy’s Perfect House

KidsLearningResponsibility.ThirstiesA funny thing happened tonight while we were getting ready for bedtime: my four-and-a-half year old son picked up his toys willingly. This strange event has been happening frequently and I’m not sure if it’s because he’s been playing house with his little sister or if he suddenly feels a sense of responsibility. I’ve always wondered how amazing it would be to have my kids actually clean up without being prompted OR threatened OR bribed. When it finally happened I was shocked by my initial thought, “I’ll just tidy that up when he goes to bed.”

Why on Earth would you want to tidy up the organization your son did with his own toys? I know, I know. I feel bad even writing about it. Is anyone going to be coming over to my house to see the way Brennan chose to clean up his toys? No; to be … Read More