A few nights ago I was relaxing and visiting with my mom-friends and the discussion evolved into an analysis of our connections to our children on a daily basis. Are we engaging our children more often than not…or do we sometimes find ourselves just co-existing with our children? With all that is expected of us, we must sometimes shuffle our priorities on a daily basis. As the chores pile up, we might be inclined to let the children do their own thing, while we catch up on our household duties. I have found myself in this position and I can tell you, the mommy-guilt I feel afterwards is horrendous. I am going to bet that at some point, you too have felt this way too. If you are like me, you might feel that letting the children play by themselves for more than a couple of hours is bordering on child-neglect! However, every child psychologist should be able to give you a dozen or more reasons why children NEED to learn to play on their own. You will NOT emotionally harm your children if you take a couple of days out of every month and focus on the chores.
Now, on the other hand, if you want to engage your children and get some help with the chores, I can help you present it in such a way that your children will want, ask and even beg to help! Think I’m kidding?? I’m NOT! My kids fight – yes, FIGHT over the broom and dust pan. They fight over who gets to clean the bathtub! They fight over who gets to fold the socks! The number one way to get your children on board with