My typical day is just a usual routine for all jugglers out there. Prepare food in the morning, clean, work, drive to school, work, clean, pick up kids, drive home, grocery, and the list goes on and on.
Phew, that’s a lot of work and seems endless. Do you agree that our children are naturally appreciative? Absolutely!
My 7 and 6-year-old sons Wyatt and Elsen, woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Oh boy, he was cranky and demanding! I was doing everything I can just to calm him down, but no luck. So I asked a little help from his dad. Dad came down, irritated because he had to stop working and attend to him. His tantrums stopped though and I overheard them talking:
“Wyatt, is there anything else you want? Because I need to work now” he asked.
“But you are working daddy” Wyatt replied. Exactly buddy, so have to go now, Mike answered.
And when Mike was on his way up to the room, Wyatt said:, “I want chocolate drink dad”
So Mike grabbed a cup, the powdered chocolate milk container, and told him to wait for it. It was silent for a minute then when Wyatt was about to drink it, he said: “See dad, you are working now, you made me a chocolate milk! You put the chocolate milk in the glass, you get the water, and you mix it with my spoon and I saw your hands turning and turning so the chocolate would go down, thanks, dad” (hugs and kisses his dad)
Mike and I looked at each other, clueless and speechless.
I asked him, Wyatt, “what is work for you? Because work for mum and dad is earning “umi dollars” (from Team Umi Zoomi) so we can buy food, toys, clothes and more!
“Mum, work is when your body is moving, like cooking or hugging me”- Wyatt said.
I was completely blown away, it was a Ratatouille moment. I remembered, back in the days when my mum used to constantly remind me not to waste time but to work my way up in making memories with my first 2 children. (which I didn’t do much because I was stubborn before)
Now, I make every moment a busy “working” day- earning and teaching them the facts of life.
For our children, making them food, combing their hair, going out to a car wash together, are already considered “work”.
So go ahead and work with them, make memories and a little bit of money!:)
Quote of the day: “The time is always right to do what is right.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wyatt saying what’s up?:)
What are you working on today?