When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11
We spent the afternoon and evening visiting some friends of ours who have several older boys. The kids had a blast, and played really well. Tobi was totally loving the fact that there were big kids to play with!
On the way home, Tobi was telling me about the big kids, and how when he was grown up, he’s going to be as big as them. Then he told me, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a grown up!”
Those words reminded of the verse above, 1 Corinthians 13:11.
I struggle with keeping up with the housework. I’m not very efficient with my time. I tend to spend too much time doing the things I want to do, instead of the things I need to do. And then I have a hard time catching up.
I’m a grown-up. I need to act like it.
I need to put away the childish things. Yes, everyone needs to have fun. But I need to get the work done first instead of putting it off..and then putting it off some more.
Truth be told, I guess I’m lazy. I don’t like to do chores and I haven’t made them a priority. I didn’t really have regular chores growing up so I never really learned to make them a habit.
I need to prepare my kids to be grown-ups. Yes, I know they’re very young now, but I also know that the sooner the habits start, the easier they are to be kept. They need to know that life involves work, even if that just means putting their toys and laundry away, and wiping off the dinner table or the baseboards right now.
They need to see me choosing to get the work done first, because right now I know that they see me letting the work go undone. I see it in them when it’s time to clean up. I haven’t been teaching them, showing them, how to get the work done quickly and cheerfully so that there is more time to play after.
I’ve started making up a cleaning routine for the kids and I that I am going to try out (which I’ll post about in more detail soon). Hopefully my kids will pick up this good new habit (hopefully I will be able to keep it a habit) as easily as they pick up my bad habits!