Mr. Lemon and I aren't parenting aces by any stretch of the imagination. Baby Lemon is our firstborn, and he's obviously young, so we are green at this raise-a-child thing.
We do have ideas about how we'd like to raise our kids, though, and part of our plan includes teaching our children from a young age about work, especially physical work.
Baby Lemon is little and uncoordinated. He doesn't communicate with words yet and he's not so hot at following verbal commands. But he's a great mimicker. He loves to copy us. When he sees the hose and watering can, he knows exactly what to do. And if he ever finds a towel or dishrag lying around, he gets to work wiping off the windowsill or his toys.
Don't you just love those curls? I'm obsessed with them. But anyway.
Yard work is a big chore for us, as we are trying to restore order to our weed-ridden yard and convert a large portion of it into a food garden. Obviously a toddler can't wield a lawn mower or a large shovel, but I let Baby Lemon putter around with a small plastic spade I have. He does make a mess, but he enjoys "working" alongside us.
He's a pretty good waterer these days. I love watching him concentrate on the hose when he goes in for a drink.
Oh, my boy. Always with a grubby face. I made this bib out of some cotton yarn on clearance at Hobby Lobby. It's an ombre brown color. I need to adjust the neck, but Baby Lemon wouldn't let me take the bib off him. What can I say, he likes to accessorize.
We're still a ways away from Baby Lemon actually contributing meaningful, valuable work to our family, but in the meantime, we like encouraging play that teaches him that work is fun and that it's a part of life.