Two weeks ago, Natter and Rosebud attended VBS at our church in the mornings, leaving me with the Moose and Junior.
As a result, I discovered what so many other mothers with larger families already know(although I readily admit that four children, compared to families I know with 6+, isn’t all that large): having extra hands around to help makes life much easier. Four children, when two are trained, or are in the process of being trained, is much easier to manage than just two, when those two are under age four.
Natter can change diapers, do laundry, wash dishes, drive the lawn mower and tractor, and help out with breakfast. Rosebud can also change diapers, mop the kitchen floor, set the table, give Junior a bottle, and puts the clean clothes away. Both are becoming capable helpers and learning more every day.
Natter, pouring sugar from the plastic bag into jars. I dislike having food stored in plastic; it tends to leach weird chemical flavors. I also dislike having to mess with plastic bags when I’m measuring. The result is a rather old-fashioned looking pantry and an extensive jar collection.
Rosebud has embraced her role as “Mama in training”, and loves to hold Junior – as long as he’s not crying. At that point, she quickly hands him off and skedaddles. But for short breaks when I need to take a shower or cook a meal, she’s terrific.
Junior enjoys his big sister!
Even the Moose is getting into the act these days. While he has not yet come to appreciate the value of the toilet for his own personal use, he is able to dispose of his dirty diapers properly. He can take his dirty clothes to the laundry, and loves to act as door-opener for those carrying big loads. Whether or not he will open the front door or the closet door this time is always a mystery to the load-bearer, though!