Monday, May 26, 2008

Unplugged Child Labor

I might have mentioned once or twice that we have been trying to finish our mudroom.

The doors are in, the walls are painted, and the floor is complete.
Almost done.
All that is left now is the woodwork.
Then we move in the bench, hang the coat rack, and put shelves in the closet.

This has been a long process.
We have done the work ourselves
(well Grampy too),
in our spare time.
The spare time in a life with a job
and small children.

At times it has been stressful
and we have been impatient with the Agents.
But on the whole, it has been good for them.
They have worked right along with us --
using those metal tools
to the best of their 3- and 6-year old abilities.

And we appreciate their help
and have enjoyed spending the time with them.

I hope that as they smear mud on this beautiful slate floor
they will remember all of the hard work that went into it.

And be proud of our accomplishments.
Go check out the rest of the Unplugged Projects at Unplug Your Kids.


morningstar said...

Hey we are suppose to be training them up! What better way then right along side of us. I have 4 children and all have helped since toddler hood. They are all very good with most tools including power tools. They have live math skills that books cannnot teach and are creative. So keep up the "child labor"!

Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said...

Yea for family projects! You're trainin' them up right!

Anonymous said...

Great post for today! You are teaching them a lot. Sometimes I really have to make myself remember to allow them to join in when I am working. Often things take longer with their "help" than without it. Good for you! Beautiful floor by the way. How exciting!

Rockin' Moroccan Mama said...

I love when people include their kids when they do projects. Dh was one of those kids and he is soooo handy. I can't even sand or hammer something properly :( i was oneo f those kids that were "in the way" lol. What lucky kids.

Julie said...

What about setting up a station for the agents to practice hammering? My guy loved it:

Anonymous said...

They'll feel such a sense of pride and accomplishment every time they enter that room. Thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

That is truly something to be proud of, and I'll bet the Agents will never forget it. You must be through the moon to have it so close to being done- the floor is beautiful.