I walked into the bathroom to find Maggie perched on the counter, scrubbing the entire mirror down with her toothbrush. She cheerfully chirped, "I cleaned the mirror for ya, Mom!"
Then, noticing my distraught face, she added, "Are ya happy?..... or sad?"
Thinking quickly, I responded, "I'm so happy you're my helper, but let me teach you the right way we clean mirrors, 'cause we only use toothbrushes for our teeth!"
I'm glad that I thought to respond positively to her, since my first reaction (heck my reaction to almost anything) is to freak out a little bit. But she really was trying to help. We had a good time wiping down the mirror with Windex and paper towels. And now she knows the right way to do it.
I had a conversation with my mom a few weeks ago, where I called to ask her the traits and abilities that she thought were the most important for mothers to develop. She responded, "Patience. And you just have to train train train." Training your kids to do behave, do new things, and take care of themselves will pay off in the long run. I'm working on it.
What's something you're training your kids to do?