Today, we turned plums into Jam. It was amazing how long it took to cut up all the fruit in that single bowl. Thankfully, I had myself a super duper helper.
Originally, I was reluctant to let Kay cut plums with me. It always seems counter intuitive to me to let him join in on situations like this, but yet again, I am grateful I changed my mind.
He was more than capable and a super big help. I gave him his own butter knife and cutting board and let him cut away. A lot of the fruit he cut ended up smushed, but it was okay. It was going to be turned into jam anyways.
He chose to sit with me and cut plums for an entire hour and a half. And he was happy as a lark to boot. We had fun chatting while we cut fruit together.
I decided to give Emmie her own cutting board and butter knife as well.
She worked on a single plum off and on, supplementing all of her hard work with occasional pleas to "Shhh! I on phone uh Gama!" (Shh, I'm on the phone with Grandma!) as she played with her vintage fisher price play phone.
We listened to music, chopped away, and finished preparing the fruit by 12pm.
If I had decided to NOT let Kay help me cut the plums, our morning would have been a lot less peaceful.
So, it may have seemed counter intuitive at first to say 'Yes,' but in all actuality, it ended up being the best, least stressful, road to travel. A road full of learning opportunities, genuinely engaging activities, and memory making.
I really ought to say 'Yes,' more often.
Have you recently changed your mind and let your children help with a project, activity, or chore you originally didn't want their assistance with? How did it end up? To tell the truth, I am constantly amazed at how much my sweet children can do, whenever I am smart enough to not stop them from trying!