But there is a down side, and no, I don't mean the fact that jobs take longer initially in the teaching phases and that the clean up can be bigger if children help with a job. I mean the fact that some kids don't know their limitations.
Master six is one of those children. We truly rejoice about this aspect of his personality, because it is this independent streak that makes him so determined to keep working at a new skill until he masters it. HOWEVER, sometimes I could pull my hair out! He thinks there is nothing he can't do! Yesterday we were baking biscuit people to decorate ready for Miss Four's birthday. While the last batch cooked, I wizzed off to get ready for a dental appointment for me. I had already dressed the kids in clean clothes and done their hair.
Now keep in mind
|Look at all the flour!|
And then there was this morning...... Master six followed his morning list beautifully, as he is supposed to. I checked on him while he was cleaning his teeth and found him in the bathroom, cleaning the sink with his father's shaving brush! When he turned around I could see his eyes were sore. He had applied sunscreen by himself, which I always let him do, but only while I'm there to supervise.
|Both eyes were sore, but can you see the red one to the left of the photo?|
Sometimes I open our outdoor wheelie bin to find Master Six has tidied the house for me, and thrown all the mess in the bin. Usually the stuff he puts in is rubbish, but I have found dirty clothes, shoes, unread mail and even the brush and shovel in there at various times!
There is never a dull moment in this house.
So in summary, capable kids are time consuming, tiring but also absolutely rewarding!