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A Master Sock Folder!

November 30, 2010 by  
Filed under J.Bright

One of my favorite parenting sayings is, Don’t get to stressed over any phase because it will be replaced by an equally maddening one! This is true for the challenging phases, but it’s also true for the good phases. And I’ve learned that there are so many wonderful good phases!

Right now, my son Tyler (age five) is in the sock-folding phase. He loves folding socks, and there’s never a shortage of socks to fold in this house! I try to wash one load of laundry each day to keep on top of the pile, and I fold the laundry after my sons go to bed. Our laundry room (closet really) is upstairs, outside my sons’ rooms, so I generally have company while folding the laundry. The past few days, Tyler has asked if I have any socks to fold and he cheerfully folds them all up. Then he proudly counts how many pairs he folded and yells the number down to his dad. What a fun phase this is!

Keep ’em Busy!

November 22, 2010 by  
Filed under J.Bright, Uncategorized

Today has been quite a day. Like most mornings, I tossed a load of laundry into the machine after taking a shower and before beginning work. I didn’t give it a second though until my husband came home from dropping Tyler (age five) off at kindergarten.

“Quick, turn off the washer” my normally calm husband yelled!

By some miracle, he had come in the front door, instead of the back. That’s how he spotted soap suds spilling out of the pipe vent in our front yard. Uh-oh, that can’t be good.

Several hours and several hundred dollars later, we found out the sewer line had been blocked. But here’s the point of this story: Our sons Tyler and Austin (age three), were fabulous the entire time, even though Mike and I were quite distracted. I think the secret was instead of trying to push the boys aside, we welcomed them into this adventure. We invited them out to watch the plumber work, and we kept them busy going for flashlights and turning sinks on and off as the plumber requested.

As the plumber was packing up to leave, Tyler asked me if he could give the plumber some treats for his hard work. Absolutely, I said, and Tyler filled a ziploc bag with Reese’s peanut butter cups, Milk Duds, and Hershey’s bars, all from Tyler’s Halloween stash. The kind plumber was grateful, and quite surprised!

Many Hands Make Light Work

September 19, 2010 by  
Filed under J.Bright

“If I help you, it’ll be done in half the time and then we can play.”

I was more than a little shocked to hear those words come out of four-year-old Tyler’s mouth! Not because he doesn’t like to help–he does. He’s the neatest, most organized four-year-old I’ve ever met. What surprised me was the logic behind his words–that two of us could do the job in half of the time.

We’ve always modeled work before play and gotten Tyler and Austin involved in tidying and cleaning. And if they ever pick up the Swiffer or a dust cloth, there’s much celebration!


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