Hey Mom, stop doing it all. Get the kids involved!

January 14, 2016

I get it.  Training is hard work and it is sometimes easier doing things on our own.  However, training children to help out at home is beneficial to both parent and child.  It is so easy for parents to burn out and become resentful because we do it all.  When we set expectations and train our children to help, it lays a great foundation for the future.  Listen to the below clip from my YouTube channel on this thought and don’t forget to subscribe.   Leave a comment and let me know how your children help out at home.  I would love to hear from you!

Anika Jones

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Anika Jones

Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!

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K Johns

This post encouraged me. This week I have had my 5 year old daughter helping out in the kitchen more. I’m thankful that she likes getting her hands messy. She is great at forming meatballs. She also coated all my chicken and eggplant with flour before frying. She is always so proud at dinner time about what she has made.

    Anika Jones

    Yes! I find that the children are more willing to try new dishes when they help to prepare it. Thanks for sharing all your daughter is doing at 5 years old.

Amanda

This is so true! I have thought about this myself! Every day before nap time and bed we clean up and it helps a lot and keeps the house so much cleaner and helps me not become resentful!

    Anika Jones

    THanks for sharing your ideas Amanda. Getting help really helps us not to become resentful!

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