Just because you’re only 3 years old it doesn’t mean you can’t help. You can easily learn how to clean up after yourself as I did. There are some things, however, you will not be able to physically do, but the rest you should learn how to do now. While I know you can’t read this, I know some day you will. Some day you will know that it has always been your responsibility to help. Here’s what I mean…
- Clean up after yourself. This is the easiest yet often thing to be ignored. You use something, put it away when you’re done. If it took you 2 seconds to take the milk out of the refrigerator it will take you that long to put it back. Impact – If you don’t put it away, then you just took valuable time away from someone else who has to put it away on top of being worried about how long it has been out. For now, that ‘someone’ is me.
- Put your toys away. Another easy thing to do. You play with it, you put it away. I can understand if you leave toys out during the day, but at the end of the day, everything should be put back in their place. Impact – If you don’t put stuff away, it means more work for the next day. It means in the middle of the night, when I have to get a glass of water, I will step on a toy and twist my angle or worse.
- Pick up your bottles. In this country, once we finish our milk and water bottles, we put them upright on a table. We don’t just leave them on the floor on its side and dripping on the hardwood floor. Impact – You will leave a watery mess that I will have to clean up. It’s not safe and someone could trip and fall. Plus Daddy gets angry because he paid a lot of money for the hardwood floors. It gets warped if water stays on top of it for too long.
These are just a few examples of how you can help. It’s just not a lesson for now, it’s a lesson for life. It will always be your responsibility as a person to help others, especially your family. This is a team effort and there is no ‘I’ in team. I can’t do everything.
When you do help, especially, Justice, it really makes my day and gives me hope! I know you can do. For as long as I can remember, I used to do the things I mentioned above. It wasn’t hard, but it was an expectation when I was young. It’s a lesson that I want to pass on to you. So help me help you by you doing your fair share. Being 3 is not an excuse.
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