I decided not to let yesterday's washout deter me from encouraging the boys to help out more around the house. Today the boys "assisted" me in packing for Spring Break. I gathered the boys and requested their assistance in the packing process. They were thrilled. Cooper sprinted to his dresser and dumped a mismatch of clothes on the floor. I'm not even sure if there was a pair of shorts or underwear in the pile. I could see him thinking, "That should do it." He then grabbed his backpack and proceeded on to (in his mind) the most important part of packing: the toys. Cooper stuffed his backpack with a slew of toys. The pack's fabric looked like it was about to burst at the seams. Big brother Connor thought Cooper had a fabulous idea. He too loaded a backpack with as many random toys as he could find. At this point I could tell the packing was going nowhere and fast.
I've learned a lesson from the last two days. Children should be encouraged to help, but moms like me should be prepared for what help they will get.