That's Sweetheart's constant request.
I usually don't take my kids to the grocery store. Somewhere along the way, we all got into the habit of them going to my parent's house while I shop. My dad tells me to send them down and honestly, who wouldn't want to shop alone? But the other day I decided to make them come because children need to shop with you. It's a good lesson.
Sweetheart wanted me to teach her to shop and she was all business. So I talked to her about checking the best price and how much you get for that price, etc. She took it very seriously as I sent her to pick out the best deal on crackers or whatever. She was pretty good at it and pretty harsh too. We weren't getting anything if it wasn't on sale or off-brand by golly.
Little Bit had a job too. That girl is GREAT at finding things. If ever anything is lost in this house, she's the one to call. She remembers where she saw it last and goes straight to it. It's nearly like a photographic memory but I won't go there since we've been working on the numbers 11-20 for two weeks now.
Anyway, I gave Little Bit the job of finding the in-store coupons that hang up here and there around the store. She was all over that job.
I've been feeling the weight of training them lately. I have only girls, which is different than parenting only boys, or those with both. I am the main example for these chickens. I've been thinking about the need to train them to be excellent helpers to their future husbands (hopefully). I want my girls to be very equipped to run a house when they marry. I don't want the to have to flounder around for years feeling overwhelmed.
This summer, instead of doing weekly themes, sister and I have decided to make this a summer of homemaking skills. Each week when our girls get together there will be a sewing project or cooking project, etc.
And I'm excited about that, but honestly I know the biggest way to teach our children is just day to day. The difference is in the narration. Instead of just having them help with something, or do something......I must talk them through it. I must explain why we do things this or that way. I must say things like, "When you grow up and have your own house....." I know that these everyday things are very important.
How do you train your daughters?