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  • A Fetching Young Man

    November 30, 2007

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    One of the many benefits of having a 4-year-old about the house is that you can easily convince them that going outside to fetch the newspaper in the freezing cold is fun!  Later I’m going to show him how the Swiffer works!


    1. noodle says:

      LOL! Oh, how I relate! 🙂 I just wish I could figure out a way to make them think that putting away the laundry is fun beyond words.

      November 30th, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    2. Dianne says:

      oh yes, ma’am – train ’em young! 😀

      November 30th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    3. Kathy/ Lessons from the Laundry says:

      My boys just did the dishes!

      November 30th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    4. marian says:

      Swiffers ARE fun! No convincing required.

      November 30th, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    5. Sarah S. says:

      My youngest turned 10 two weeks ago and has quit reading the funnies in the newspaper — which meant that on Wednesday I had to go out and collect three days of papers because no one else in our house would go outside and get it! Maybe I should get him some cute footie jammies like Sean’s!

      November 30th, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    6. Geri says:

      I was just thinking I will be soooo sad when Tristyn is too big for footie PJ’s!!!

      November 30th, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    7. Jeana says:

      Love the title. Too funny!

      November 30th, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    8. edj says:

      It’s so fun to mess with their minds, isn’t it? 😉

      November 30th, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    9. Sue says:

      I make my son do that too. Well, actually, I say, “Who wants to get the paper?” and then they all FIGHT over who gets to go outside in the 20 degree weather to get the paper. Sweet little freaks…

      The funny thing is – they love stuff like that – mopping, vaccuumming, dusting stuff. I’m waiting for that to stop being fun for my six year old, but it hasn’t happened yet (knocking on wood).

      November 30th, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    10. Fresh Girl says:

      It’s better than having a dog, isn’t it?! 😉

      November 30th, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    11. Happy Geek says:

      That’s why we have kids: to do the stuff we don’t want to!

      November 30th, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    12. Poppy says:

      Child labor…gotta love it~

      November 30th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    13. Angeline says:

      its the best age to get them to ‘work’, cos they are so easily amuse with everything, so eager to be adult…. my 4-year-old boy has been asking, when can he be as tall as his dad so that he can be the chauffeur and we can sit back and relax.

      December 1st, 2007 at 12:00 am

    14. JCK says:

      I figure we might as well put them to work while we can! Great photo! Maybe you can use it as blackmail when he’s a teenager.

      December 1st, 2007 at 1:05 am

    15. Llama momma says:

      Ha! I love it. Right around four is when I started teaching my boys to give me backrubs, too. They’re almost six now and getting pretty good at it!

      December 1st, 2007 at 7:29 am

    16. Fiddledeedee (It Coulda Been Worse) says:

      Cheap labor. That’s what I gave birth to. A whole fleet of ’em.

      December 1st, 2007 at 8:42 am

    17. Sue @ praise and coffee says:

      Is that not sooo true!!!
      I have to convince my little warm-blooded one NOT to go out in the cold! She will be out there playing with the dog in freezing weather and love it.

      I hate just opening the door in this weather and she is happy to let the dog in and out for me!


      December 1st, 2007 at 9:32 am

    18. Lorri says:

      I’m telling you – that is true. It’s been so wonderful as the kids have become older and able to do the little jobs…sweeping the floor, folding the laundry, cleaning off the table, running to the basement for onions, dragging the trash can up from the end of the driveway – and yes, bringing in the newspaper.

      Just last night my 8 yr old pointed out that I don’t always THANK her for ALL the work she does. She’s intelligent – but she still doesn’t “get it”, meaning the fact that we do mostly everything for her and everything she has (even the chocolate bar she ate yesterday) is from us. And we don’t require a “thank you” for each and everything.

      December 1st, 2007 at 9:55 am

    19. Shalee says:

      Actually, it works when they’re three too.

      AND you can let them earn money by picking up twigs in the yard. It’s amazing what a penny can still get you these days…

      December 1st, 2007 at 9:57 am

    20. jessica says:

      Does he want you to “time” him yet?

      December 1st, 2007 at 10:34 am

    21. chilihead says:

      Ah, yes. Tom Sawyer parenting. My kids are currently suckered into thinking sweeping, mopping, windows, and dusting–oh, and vacuuming–are the best things to do! So lucky if you are chosen! Pick me!

      December 1st, 2007 at 11:21 am

    22. Antique Mommy says:

      Chilihead, I think you should buy your daughter a Dyson for Christmas. Just think of how she could brag about that to all of her friends.

      December 1st, 2007 at 11:36 am

    23. Christine says:

      OMG I’m LOL!!! Mickey (4 this Feb) is the best paper snatcher! Sean looks just like him running out there…fast as he can, in PJs and freezing weather. I am cracking up! In fact, maybe I’ll take a pic of him and link to your post? We’ll start a whole “Paper-Snatcher” club out there…the worse the weather at snatching time, the higher your rank in the club. Oh, the ramblings…

      December 1st, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    24. Lori says:

      And the really great part is that for them it really IS fun!lol

      December 2nd, 2007 at 1:03 am

    25. Beth_C says:

      Just don’t let him know that what he is doing is “work” or he will stop doing it!

      I love the picture!

      December 2nd, 2007 at 9:13 am

    26. CircusKelli says:

      Hee hee! Oh darlin! We learned long ago about the “fetching the paper” thing… strangely enough, after the first time accomplishing a new task (like dishes or floors or laundry), the enthusiasm dies and I can’t get any more volunteers. They’ll always volunteer for fetching the paper, though.

      December 2nd, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    27. Sally says:

      I still have my 13-year-old go out in the cold to get the mail, but my 17-year-old is wise to that now…..

      December 2nd, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    28. Child Anger Revealed says:

      I had my son doing this since he was 8, and he’s still doing it today at 16!

      February 19th, 2008 at 1:03 am

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