When Being "That" Mom Pays Off



When I witness my children doing things like wiping down counters, unloading the dishwasher, making their beds and organizing their dresser drawers, I breathe a sigh of relief.

Clearly, my work here is done.

All I ever wanted, when I was wasting my days away tidying, organizing, cleaning, lining up "Little People" in houses, was to influence them to, one day, do the same.

On their own.

In a less neurotic way.

The day my youngest began unloading his drawers and filling bags for "goodwill" was quite a proud Mom moment for me. Albeit, he did it to avoid shoveling the driveway with his sisters, but still. When I heard him throw all of his cousins out of his room at a recent family football gathering so he could remake his bed, I cried a little inside. Happy, proud tears, of course.

As my kids grow older and more capable, they surprise me everyday. Like folding the wash or vacuuming while I'm out food shopping or running errands. Yes, this happens.

It's true what they say, your kids learn by watching what you do.

And mine? have learned plenty.

And for that, I am grateful.

Shivaun Williams is a Bucks County, PA writer and mom of three. This post is adapted from her blog, Dar Liomsa (In My Opinion).

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