Tonight before dinner I had the kids helping me around the house with some things (you know, because I’m a lazy mom). My littlest darling decided by herself to put away some laundry I had folded on the couch. So she ended up putting the towels away in the linen closet all by her cute little 5 year old self. She came into the living room skipping with joy saying, “Mom, come see all the towels I put away!”
And this is how I found her.
Standing there all proud of herself in front of the linen closet now fully stocked with wadded up towels.
Now, back in the day it might have bothered me that the towels weren’t put away “just so.” But three kids later I couldn’t care a lick!
So as she stood there all proud of her hard work, I was able to praise her efforts like a good lazy mom should. Because at five years old, this was good work. Respectable work. It was a work of love. I know this because she told me that she wanted to put the towels away because she would “earn more rewards in heaven” if she did.
And I like that kind of attitude.
So why should I care how the towels are put away. They’re clean, they’re where they belong, and my five year old feels like she did an outstanding job. Nothing else really matters, now does it.
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