When to Stop Doing So Much for Children?

As a parent, you will know when it is time to pull back from giving children so much when you realize they can do some things on their own.  When I finally came to the revelation that I could encourage my sons to be more responsible is when I couldn't do everything for them.  From stomach cramps to headaches, there are those times when mom is not going to be able to stand on her feet to cook, clean, wash dishes, take out the trash, and do other things.  So it was then that I thought, these boys can do something to help out around our residence from the toddler to the tween back in 2011.

In time, I found other things they could do even when I wasn't sick.  I taught the little ones how to fold clothes, get a snack out for themselves, and I showed the older ones how to wipe down walls and cabinets, run the vacuums, dust, microwave a meal, and keep the younger ones entertained.  They know how to do far more than what is listed, but this was my start at teaching them responsibility as well as earning money and other things they wanted.  To date, the older ones are very independent, the younger ones are getting there, but sometimes dad sets them back especially when, "I don't want to..." followed with a crying outburst comes from them.

I understand that some parents want to keep children young forever, but the time will be here before you know it when you will cry out, "Is there anything you can do for yourself?"  Start directing your children on that independent path for their own survival.  We parents are just not promised to be here tomorrow.  So do remember that the next time you attempt to do something for your child that he or she is perfectly capable of doing themselves.

Nicholl McGuire shares spiritual messages to inspire on YouTube.

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