Violet's newest task this week was to learn how to load the dishwasher. I'm constantly amazed at how interested she continues to be in doing "chores." I hated chores growing up....
There's a principle in Suzuki pedagogy that says, "If the parent continues to show excitement with a child's new skill, and even after hundreds of repetitions never shows boredom or indifference, the child will continue to be as excited about and dedicated to the skill as when it was brand new." (paraphrased)
How true this is in every aspect of child-training! If I continue to praise, show interest in, and affirm her work, she wants to make it a "surprise" every time! When she puts all her clothes away in her drawers with *none* sticking out, "Close your eyes, Mom," she says, "It's a surprise!" I tell her I'm amazed and so SO pleased with how well she did. She does a happy dance, and bounces around the room. :)
So far her daily tasks include:
- dressing herself (tights, socks, everything)
- clearing the breakfast table & wiping it down
- Loading the dishwasher (still with help), adding soap, starting it
- Sorting and putting away the clean silverware
- flossing/brushing teeth
- setting the table for meals, including napkins
- getting her own drinks, except milk (gallon jug)
- sorting laundry (darks, whites)
- giving herself a bath (except hairwash)
- donning pajamas
- *VERY important* Playing with Grace in the mornings till Mommy & Daddy wake up. :)
That last one was a HUGE accomplishment for us. Ben & I very much enjoy our mornings together, now that he's home for breakfast-time, and not being awakened by bouncing children at 7AM has been great!!! Violet keeps Grace occupied in their room with toys & water-bottle till about 7:45 when we get up and greet them. She is VERY good at this...we barely hear a peep from them before we're up on our own. I highly recommend this to other parents!!
I love my little precious Violet.