RESPONSIBILITY – Can Emily Be Happy When She Has to Do Chores?

EMMY’S FAVORITE DAY

Saturday is Emmy’s favorite day of the week. On Saturday, after doing the chores on her chore list, she is free to do whatever she wants to do.  But today, the sun is shining and inviting. Can Emily have fun with chores and responsibilities?

One Saturday morning Emily was so excited to go outside that she almost forgot about her chores. I say ‘almost’ because little Joe caught her just as she was rushing out the door.

“Mama,” Little Joe yelled, “Emmy is going outside, and she didn’t do her chores.” Emily stopped dead in her tracks and looked back at little Joe, “Oh, little Joe,” Emily said frowning, “I might have made it outside if you had not opened your big mouth and tattled on me.”

Little Joe shrugged his shoulders and smiled innocently as Mama entered the room. “Emily dear, is it true you would sneak out before doing your chores?” “Well,” Emily said, “I was not really going to sneak out. I just plain forgot, mama. All I could think about was getting outside. It’s a beautiful day and you know how much I love the sunshine.”

Mama Teaches Responsibility

Mama smiled softly and Emmy noted the kindness and understanding in her eyes. Emily loved her mama.  Looking at Emily, Mama said, “Emmy, I know how you love the sunshine and love to play, but you must remember there are chores to do and as your Mama, my job is to teach you responsibility.  Do you remember what that word means Emily?” Emily tried to be pleasant and answered, “Yes Mama, I do. Responsibility means to do the stuff I’m supposed to do so I can grow up to take care of myself and not be lazy.”  Mama shot Emily a bright smile and said, that’s right, Emmy!

Completing Tasks on the Chore Chart

Emily ran to the hallway to see the chore chart hanging on the wall. Her bedroom was the first room on the chart. She studied the chores for her bedroom and set off toward her room.

She began by making her bed. Emily pulled the top sheet over the bottom sheet until centered on the bed. She tucked the corners of the top sheet under the mattress and placed her pillow at the head of the bed.

Next, she picked up the end of her pink and green comforter and fluffed it in the air. On the last shake, she threw it over the bed and it landed neatly, amazing! She pulled the quilt toward the foot of the bed. She smoothed out the wrinkles and stood back to admire her work.

Happiness skipped across her heart, as it always did when Emily did an excellent job. Next, Emily picked up the toys and books on the floor. She placed her books on the bookshelf and arranged them.

Emily's Doll2
Emily’s Doll with Red hair & freckles

Picking up her toys, she spotted her favorite doll. “Come here Melinda,” she murmured as she reached for her. Emily was only 3 years old when Mama and Papa gave Melinda to her for Christmas. Opening her present, she gasped as her eyes fell on an adorable, soft doll who looked like her. She even had red hair and freckles. Emily named her doll after her cousin who also had red hair and freckles. Melinda was her favorite playmate and the one who knew all her secrets.

Before placing Melinda toward the end of the bookshelf, Emily hugged her close and kissed her on the top of her head. “Now our room is tidy and clean, enjoy your day, Melinda!” Emily smiled as her eyes scanned the room. She grabbed Berry, her teddy bear and Scotty, her stuffed puppy and tucked them on either side of Melinda.

The last thing on her list was to pick up the clothes on the floor. She gathered the clothes and carried them to the laundry room.  Now it was time to check off the boxes on the chore chart.  Emily always got excited to check each chore off the list.

Cleaning the Kids Bathroom

Chores and Responsibility

Emily’s extra chore for the week was to clean the sink and mirror in the kids’ bathroom.  Emily was a pro at this job.  Mama showed her how to squirt just enough cleaner into the sink to clear it of yuck and dirt. While the cleaner was working, mama instructed Emily to let it set. Emily grabbed a soft cloth from the cupboard and sprayed a bit of cleaner on it.  She rubbed the faucet with the cloth until it sparkled.

Next, she f0und the scrubber under the sink.  Emily scrubbed hard being careful to scour every inch of the sink.  When she was certain she cleaned every bit of dirt, she rinsed the sink. Emmy was careful not to splash when she rinsed the sink.

The sink was clean and sparkly. Looking up from the sink and into the mirror she saw the dirt.  She reached under the sink, grabbed the window cleaner and went to work on the mirror.  First Emmy lightly sprayed the cleaner all over it.  Then she rubbed her cloth over the splatters and smudges until they disappeared. Emmy stepped back and admired her work.  As she looked into the mirror her focus went to her face, as she thought,“Mama says my freckles are angel kisses, but I sure wished they weren’t so red!”

Many Hands Make Light Work

Even though cleaning was not Emily’s favorite thing to do, she always felt proud of her work.  Emily learned a wise saying when she was a little kid. “Many hands make light work.” Emily was glad that she could help make the work lighter for her Mama.

Mama Checks Emily’s Work

Bear Hugs

Satisfied with her work, Emily took off running toward the door. As she ran she called back, “Mama, I’m done with my chores. I’m going to play outside now.” “Just a minute Ms. Emily,” she heard Mama call “Let me check your work.” Emily once again stopped in her tracks.  “Another failed attempt to get outside,” thought Emily trying hard not to be grumpy.

Mama came around the corner and smiled at Emily, “Honey, you know the rules; after you do your chores you need to ask me to check your work … right?” “Yes Mama,” answered Emily. “If I always did my chores like mama taught me, she probably would not have to check them every time.” Emily told herself that from now on she was going to do her best when doing her chores; “After all, I am not a baby anymore!” 

Following Mama to the bedroom, she stopped and watched mama’s eyes as they surveyed the room. Mama smiled, “Great job Emily, I like how neatly you made your bed.” Emily was pleased  mama noticed; it made her feel happy inside. “Thank you, mama,” Emily replied.

Next, Mama walked down the hallway toward the bathroom. As she turned through the door and walked into the room, she stopped suddenly putting her hand across her eyes. “Oh My,” she exclaimed, “The light bouncing off the faucet is blinding me.” Emily giggled and said, “Oh Mama you are silly.” “Yes,” Mama agreed, “I am your silly mama, and I am glad to say you did a super job with your chores today; now out the door with you before you miss any more of this beautiful day.”

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