My daughter decided to help

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
February 21, 2008 12:04pm CST
me pair socks today. There is no school. Called off due to weather. I had a basket of laundry to fold. I came into the room and she has correctly paired up several socks. She is 4 1/2 years old. Have you ever been surprised by something like this?
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• United States
21 Feb 08
My kids volunteer to help me do things so that in and of itself is surprising. But the cutest thing just happened last night. My 18 month old went and got a biscuit for the dog and fed it to him and he got crumbs all over the floor. She went into the laundry room and tried to get down the dust pan and when she couldn't reach it she came back out and starting picking up the crumbs one at a time and throwing them in the trash.
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
Wow... I like this story! :'D which reminds me about writing the stories of everyone in our family... and tracing our genealogy, which is off topic. --- Yes, that was really cute! :'D
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• Philippines
21 Feb 08
I have a nephew who's 4 1/2 years old as well =') and she always insists on doing things by herself, which includes doing the dishes, wiping the dinner table clean, wiping the floor, doing the laundry... (which mostly I don't even do myself! :'D) but she's not keen on ordering her toys and books and stuff... I reckon she's had some resentment from "elderly love" over cleaning up her stuff... I don't know what bad experience she's had about that. Hopefully, they won't grow out of those good things, right? :'p And she sings songs like Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" which is uncanny for children in the Philippines (and which I like :'p). She got that liking from her Daddy =') By the way, I believe the word probably isn't "surprise", but "thrilled" or something of the sort? Because children do what they're taught and they act based on what they've observed. You're a good mommy ;')
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
D'oh! ;'o I meant "niece"! Haha! English is only our second language here... :'j hihihi
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21 Feb 08
That is great, let her help whenevr she wants. My daughter, age 8 get upset if we don't ask her to help.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb 08
It is wonderful that your daughter is growing up a helpful person. Pairing socks is counting, matching and problem solving. As she gets older she might help you round your house with age appropriate tasks. My son has been helpful with getting thing out from underneath my bed, cutting my grass and painting a hall.
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• United States
21 Feb 08
Yes and as they get older it is even a bigger surprise. My 9 year old son is usually a slob but he does like to organize and several times has completely organized his bookshelf in his room. He did a better job than I could do. When we go to places like Target or Walmart, he will take it upon himself to organize their card isles. (He collects Pokemon Cards)
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@shymurl (2768)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I have three kids 10, 8, and 2, so when they help me do something its a wonderful surprise.
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• United States
29 Feb 08
It is especially sweet when a child does something like this of her own accord -- because you know she is doing it for your sake. That seems wonderfully mature and good-hearted. Many children would rather watch TV or play Videogames. I hope you appreciate your precious daughter. :)
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
22 Feb 08
What a lucky mom you are. My son used to love to help out, but now that he is 8 he is helping out less and less every day. Take advantage of it while you can and encourage the behavior.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
22 Feb 08
Hello dear ermommy. Small kids love to offer help sometimes. Once they do the job, they will just do it the way their parents do and will hope to get your complimentary words, which helps them to encourage them to do better next time till they learn how to do it to the fullest. Good to hear that your little daughter is happy to offer help. Thank you very much for your discussion.
• United States
21 Feb 08
My toys boys ages 4 and 6 love to help mommy. They will help put clothes in the washer, in the dryer, help fold clothes, sweep, vacuum, and empty the dishwasher and put the dishes up. They enjoy helping mommy and will even fight over doing something for me. It is nice and sweet of them.