First of all. Love at Home. I think it's going well. Sophia told me that I don't even yell anymore (not entirely true), and Bria and Chloe are loving the lunchbox notes every day. To be honest, I wasn't sure what Bria would think about them, being in middle school and all, but it seems she looks rather forward to them. And Chloe, of course, LOVES them. As she does nearly everything in the world.
The next step is Self-Reliance.
I mean, I'd like to think that my kids would be able to survive without me, but I'm pretty sure that at this point in their lives it just wouldn't happen. Bria is actually getting there with cooking, because she is very interested in it. She really loves to cook. I don't know if she could do laundry, though. Or the dishes (we don't have a dishwasher, so it's slightly more difficult at our house).
So, as far as this little task goes, I've tried to give them a few more things. Like, since Bria is now in middle school it is high time that she learn to do the dishes. So she does them every Tuesday night as of last week. This was not something she enjoyed hearing (or doing), because she has quite a bit of germaphobia going on, but she did it. And she will continue to do so.
The other girls have some new things to do as well.
I will admit that the hardest thing about this particular challenge is that it is so much easier to just do things myself. So I have to constantly remind myself that teaching my children is more important than perfection, or time, or whatever it is that holds me back from requiring them to do certain things. I've heard the saying "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime" millions and millions of times. But the application?
So, what kinds of things do you do in order to teach your children self-reliance?