Here we go again, analyzing what we do and why as parents and reconsidering expectations versus authenticity. Does any child have a burning desire to clean up every time it’s necessary? Does any adult? Certainly not. Adults, however, tend to have a much more linear vision of life which propels them to clean before doing something enjoyable during those times that cleaning is not desirable. Should this be expected of children? Not when you strive to save the authentic child. So do they always help clean up? No. And especially not when it is a chore for me. Why would they want to partake in that misery? We’re all life learning here!
Here we are working together on cleaning the playroom. This is not quite the way I would have envisioned cleaning the table/chairs but they had a grand time and were so happy with the results!