Initially we thought our oldest had best find a job this summer, but when the best prospect fell through DH decided to take the trip to Mammoth Cave and Kentucky Down Under. On the way home I got to thinking and decided it’s a good thing to have her home. She still needs a lot of time behind the wheel to move up in her driver’s license, and I want to really get the kids involved with learning how to do chores and pitch in with the housework. They also like to do some fun things like going to a small local lake and crafts. So, this is a learning summer with some fun thrown in.
Groans were heard as the plan was announced, and some attitude has been met with, but I’m moving forward in small steps to help them adjust to the new ways of the house and they are rising to the challenge so far. The first driving outing wasn’t all that fun, but it must be done. Hopefully the class we’re aiming for isn’t full yet. The class is during fair week, which is awful timing, but at least there aren’t any schedule conflicts to work around.
My middle and I filled out the fair registration form – take one. I plan to re-write it in a more organized fashion, but wanted to start getting the projects down on paper and have her involved with it. It did get her to sit down and bind off her knitted scarf so it can be exhibited, and I think we’ve got a small spark lit to work on more projects before the registration deadline (in about 3 weeks). We can also list things which we plan to have finished. You aren’t penalized for showing less than you register, but I don’t want to have any no-shows, so I won’t put more than one unfinished project down.
I found a small sandwich grill for a reasonable price and need to walk the kids through how to use it. My younger two like grilled cheese sandwiches and are always at a loss for what to have for lunch. This appliance is intended to help in building more autonomy in for the kids. The older two are in high school and aren’t that far away from taking care of things for themselves. Along with taking on more cleaning responsibilities, they all need to get more experience in the kitchen.
All of this ‘teaching’ is hard for me. I’d prefer to just do it myself rather than go through the eye rolls, attitude, and hassle of teaching them, but my mom didn’t teach me anything and my housekeeping has suffered for it. I want these kids to have a better start in the home keeping realm, and I have to continually push myself to take the time to teach them. Add to all of this that my eldest wants to learn how to sew. Did you hear my head hit the table in exhaustion? Add even more to this and I have my own stack of sewing and home school to plan.
I don’t know how much will actually be accomplished this summer, but I do know that it’s better to aim high and not hit the mark than to not aim at all.