I was loading the dishwasher last night and I thought, I can not wait until my kids know how to load the dishwasher correctly.
There was mountains of dishes piled on each other and many crusted with old food. There was a large sigh and then I thought, ‘Aall I want is for them to know how to load and unload the dishwasher by the time they are on their own.’
We all know there is the right way to load the dishwasher and there is the wrong way however, this always seems this is a constant dispute at our house.
Then I stopped and thought about all the things that I want them to know before they either go to college or move on in life.. And then it hit me even harder that my oldest will be graduating high school in two years and I have a lot to teach her before then.
I want them to know how to definitely load the dishwasher, what about everything else-all the basics of every day life; like doing your own laundry, washing your dishes, making hard boiled eggs. mowing the lawn, making a doctor appointment, keeping a budget, sewing on a button, fixing a flat tire, the list goes on and on. Its all the life lessons that you don’t always learn in school but what others teach you.
The more I thought about it the more my head started swimming. I have just been so focused on my kids grades, sports, driving, end of school, prom, etc, I forget all the little things in life which are actually every day life.
Maybe kids just magically learn these things, but I still remember my dad taking me out and showing me how to change a tire. I still remember him telling me I always needed a winter survival kit in my car and I still have it in there.
And at age 47, I still call my mom on a daily basis to ask her a question on how to do something. Usually it’s the same question I have asked her many times before and generally it’s regarding cooking or planting flowers.
I still remember my mom showing me how to sew on a button. However, that’s as far as she got with sewing. My sister and I still tease my mom about the fact that she never taught us the basics of sewing but she’s spent years teaching my kids.
But those are the things that I still use today.
I thought to myself, I have two years to work on teaching my oldest the things I want her to remember, the basics. That will definitely be my goal. Yes, we all use YouTube these days, but I want my kids to remember some of the things I showed them. They might not seem important now and they will roll their eyes but guarantee they will appreciate it someday.
I want them to be the kids that know how to do their own laundry and make their favorite dinner for someone. I want them to know how to mow the lawn and change a flat tire. And if they don’t know the basics, I want them to pick up the phone and call me.
So, I guess tomorrow we will start with the dishwasher…