I think children need tasks. They need to feel like they are a good contributor and helper. I always tell Lily that she is my very best helper (sorry, Adam!) and she loves hearing it. Even though tackling a task with her takes five times as long, the satisfaction of seeing her smiling face when the task is done is worth it. I love my helper!
Many evenings after dinner we head outside to check on the garden and just get some fresh air. Lily’s favorite task is watering our herbs and checking the rain gauge she built with her daddy. Lily is a huge basil fan…eats it like most kids eat candy…and our basil has had tiny holes in it recently. I’m not sure what bug has been doing the damage but yesterday I heard Lily shrieking “bug, bug mommy! The bug is eating my basil!” Sure enough, she was right and there was a bug on the basil. I’m not sure if this is the culprit or what type of bug this is (maybe the hubby will tell me when…I mean IF…he reads this post) but I picked it up (yes, with my BARE hand) and threw it far, far away down the back hill. Stay away, bugs. That basil is all for Lily!