On our last library trip we got a Berenstain Bears book. A favorite of my siblings and I, Piper got a dose of the books at the farm. Its exciting to read about characters that fits the make-up of your family, Papa, Mama, Brother and Sister. How happy she was to find a book with those same characters at our library. How happy I was when the one she picked out was Help Around the House. She's a bit young yet to have any responsibilities around the house. But she's more than willing to help out with somethings, rinsing dishes for example is great fun. Or helping make a treat - particularly when there is potential to eat some of the chocolate chips.
I didn't think it was too early to start instilling the helping attitude. We don't feel like we should force her to help out, we'd rather that she feels part of the family, wanting to share the work that comes along with that. She's taken to the idea, while waiting for the chicken and potatoes to come out of the oven she set the table for our evening meal. Has done it twice now. I only put on the dishes and glasses to avoid broken items. Things don't make it to their 'proper place' if you will and the dressing perches precariously close to the edge, but close enough... close enough.
She also has taken to calling herself, and being called, Sister Bear. Makes me smile to hear her say, 'want to play with Sister Bear, Calder?'