Gavin asked if he could help me do some yard work today. This typically means that it’s going to take twice as long to do what I already don’t have the energy to do.
However, I usually welcome their willingness to help because that means I get to spend some time with them and maybe teach them something useful.
Overall, Gavin did pretty well today and I was really grateful that he wanted to help.
Unfortunately, it also gave me a better idea of how much of everything he’s lost over the years. I had to stop and correct him several times for the very same thing. These are all safety related issues and while I’m not above letting him learn the hard way at times, he doesn’t ever really learn, so I would just be letting him hurt himself.
That’s not something I’m willing to do.
We got to a point where I finally thanked him for all his help and sent him back into the house.
I was ready to mow the lawn and I didn’t want to take any chances of him getting hurt. When I finished up, I made sure to thank him again.
It’s so difficult at times to find that balance between being productive and allowing the kids to be “helpful”.
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