Sunday, April 26, 2009



What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.

-Aristotle

Norah has been helping me measure, add and mix ingredients for dinner. It always means more trouble and mess for me to let her help, but if I I keep her out of the kitchen because that's convenient for me, she may likely end up married, with a family to care for, asking her husband how to fry an egg... I know I did.

She's also helping fold and put away her own clean clothes. Letting her do this takes more time than just doing it myself or at least it does for now, because she is still learning, often gets distracted and has to make half a dozen trips to my one.

But, I see no better way to teach her these kinds of things than by letting her actually do them. If more parents would let kids help at home, there would be no need for formal school classes in subjects like home economics anyway.




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