Dominic is getting to the age where he can help me a little around the house.
He takes his plate to the sink following meals. He carries his hamper to the laundry room. With the blessing of a front loader, he can even load his clothes right into the washer and often does.
When I’m feeling especially intentional (read: patient), I’ll have him load his clothes into the washer and when that’s done move them over to the dryer. Then when his clothes are dry, I’ll have him pull them out into a laundry basket and, after I fold them, have him put them away.
It’s a LOT of work to go through this process. I could do all of it on my own more efficiently. I often have to remind him of what we are doing. Many times I come in his room to find freshly laundered clothes on hangers in a pile on the floor instead of hanging in the closet as I asked. Sometimes I have to ask him multiple times to come to the laundry room to move his clothes over. But I believe it’s worth it because I am teaching him to be an independent little guy.
I try to remember to say something along the lines of: “Dominic! Aren’t you proud of yourself?! You did your own laundry! You are really turning into a big boy!!”
He always smiles and responds that he is proud of himself.
I have such a huge role to play not only in his growing independence but also his growing dependence on God.
May I be just as intentional and patient (even more so!) in teaching him the ways of our faith in Christ. May he trust Jesus as his savior at early age. May he own his faith. And may he be more capable of seeking our savior than he is in doing his own laundry.
This post is part of a 31 day movement. You can learn more about it here but the gist of it is that I take 5 minutes to write on a one word prompt that is provided following a theme that I have chosen. My theme is The Mom Life. So every post will center around my life and experiences as a mom and what comes to mind when I think about the prompt given. Hope you enjoy following my writing journey as much as I will love crafting the words.