We are often ask about what age we start chores, and how much they can handle. I think children are often not given a chance to show who much they can do or help with. We start our children very young (if you have older children then I recommend the buddy system, teaming a older and younger child for chores) at helping do chores and small task around the house. It can begin with simple things like putting their toys away, placing shoes on the shelf, putting napkins on the table, sorting laundry, and as they seem to master each task we add a new one. By the time this child is 3 or 4 they can do a whole list of things. This helps our children see that we must take care of our home and possessions, being good stewards with what the Lord has blessed us with. It also helps our children to see that as a family we should work as a team to care for our family and home. William in the past year has taken on several new chores and task. The most recent being helping to care for his baby sister.
On this particular day William was given the task of "babysitter". The girls and I were busy in the kitchen, Madison and the bigger boys were doing chores, and Arthur was in Canada. Ruth Ella was tired of her swing and needed a little floor time. So, I called on William to try his hand at babysitting. I grabbed a blanket and William got his coloring book. I told William that I would be in the kitchen cooking if he needed me and he was to "babysit" Ruth Ella. At first William sat with Ruth Ella singing her songs, then he laid down next to her and showed her pictures in his coloring. Next he decided he would show her his crayons, naming the colors as he showed them to her. Finally he began to color telling Ruth Ella that the picture was for her. The time William spent with Ruth Ella wasn't just to help Mama out. This time was a time for William and Ruth Ella to bond. William used his imagination to help care for Ruth Ella, and in the end he felt very proud that he kept Ruth Ella so happy.