On the days that I think about it too much, I can't believe that my son is already five. Like most parents, I think that I blinked and he went from being a gurgling baby to a chaotic, smart, loving kid.
But even if I can't account for the speed of time, I can account for what we have been doing in the meantime. We've been playing. Whether we are making forts, dancing in the kitchen, building with Lego bricks or reading together, that little guy of mine is having fun.
I hope (when I blink again and another 20 years passes) that he remembers all the fun he had in childhood. Because, your childhood evidently predicts your parenting style. Researchers studying low-income families found a strong correlation between women who had to grow up too soon (and take on a great deal of family responsibilities) and a less-warm parenting style. Reading the conclusions from the study is a little heartbreaking - it is almost as though those children who were adults too soon became too jaded by the time they had their own children.
So, yes, chores are important; I want my son to feel personal responsibility and be a committed member of the household. But, I also want him to be a kid.
How many chores do you give your children? Share what type they are in the comments.