Please Say This Is NOT Just a Phase

Sometimes children develop behaviors we as parents can only hope are part of childhood phases. Throwing tantrums at the grocery store? Ignore it, it’s just a phase. Irrational fear of monsters under the bed? Don’t worry, it’s probably just a phase. Constantly using the phrase “I know, right?” as an affirmative response in conversation? Please God, let that be a prepubescent phase!

However, recently we’ve encountered a behavior among our children I am hoping and praying is NOT a phase. If they can keep up this new habit until they graduate from college, I will seriously be the happiest mama on the planet. It could change the entire dynamic of our family and my long term mental health if these girls keep doing this new thing they are doing so well.

What is this miraculous feat warranting unbridled parental approval, you ask? Wait for it…wait for it…. It’s called unprompted household help. (Cue the hallelujah chorus)
Kitchen helpers

Cooking, cleaning, organizing, even scrubbing the floors on their little hands and knees. These are the things my children have been doing lately. Brian and I are getting breakfast in bed, aesthetically designed afternoon snacks, and requests to learn how to do the laundry. I’m not sure what has prompted this sudden urge to do house chores. Maybe it’s the fact they’re bored because they have such a limited and overused selection of toys, or maybe we’ve inadvertently brainwashed them with all this togetherness to the point that they’re going a little bonkers. I’m not sure why they’re doing it, but quite honestly, I really don’t care. Because it rocks!!!
My little Cinderellas

Will it last? Will this paradigm shift from somewhat grudgingly doing what we ask to gleefully helping without prompting become a feature of how our household functions? Or will I see the promised land and then have it ripped away from me when my kids tire of this domestic interest and revert back to their old ways?

Stay tuned, friends…stay tuned.

About the Author

Tracey Carisch

Mom, wife, friend and change agent traveling the world with my family to learn our place in it. After spending a career in organizational change management and community initiative implementation, I put my career on hold for our family's trip around the world. In April of 2014 we sold almost everything we own, put the rest in a storage container, and departed on this journey. While my husband continued his software development work to financially support our trip, I planned and documented our adventure, homeschooled our three daughters, and found volunteer work opportunities for us to do in the communities we visit. Now that we've returned to the U.S., I'm completing book about our family's adventure and our lessons learned.

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