Hope Folding Socks
If you want to have kids be helpful then you need to train them from a young age. They start life being carried and seeing us work. Then they are tagging along at our feet learning to pull the right weeds and not the transplants. Pretty soon they play in the water and suds and start washing the dishes, setting the table and clearing after dinner. Learning to fold cloths and matching up socks is a skill and it can be a fun game. Those who fold the laundry get to watch a video, listen music or hear to a book being read. Work can be pleasurable.
Each year they have more skills and they pass them on as well. In time they develop the coordination and muscles to hold a heavy chainsaw at arms length graduating to wood cutter. As they grow they develop more complex skills until they are able to run most of the farm by themselves if they need to do so.
They grow into their roles gradually over many years. Each new task is an adventure and they learn to ask, “How can I help?” The challenge for us is always having an answer.
Outdoors: 29°F/10°F Sunny, 4″ snow in last two days
Farm House: 55°F/41°F Put out three round bales of hay
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/61°F