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Friday, May 27, 2011

This Week I'm Grateful For...Independence

One weekend recently, Hubby was away for work, so it was just the boys and I (and the dog). Which I don't mind, actually. When Hubby's away, it's not all bad, you know. ;)

However, as it seems to be the case whenever my husband is away on business, either I get sick, or the kids do.

On the Sunday, it was my turn.

I just couldn't get out of bed. I had all the symptoms of a gastro bug. (Ick.)

When I informed the 9yr old of this, he immediately snapped in to 'responsible one' mode. He asked, "Will I get breakfast for everyone, Mum?" I advised this would be preferable (rather an understatement), and off he went.

He made himself and his brothers breakfast. He had them brush their teeth (without prompting from me). I even heard him say to the 4yo, "Don't forget to wash your hands after going to the toilet before you touch your toothbrush." He organised some snacks for morning tea, and made everyone a sandwich for lunch. He put a DVD on for them to watch and he even went down to the chemist to collect some anti-nausea tablets for me (I'd called ahead to arrange them for myself - the Chemist is, fortunately, at the end of our street).

Thankfully, by mid-afternoon, I finally felt able to get up and move around. However, everyone was fine...thanks to the 9yr old, and it was then I realised something...

I'm raising independent boys.

Not only am I grateful for that, I'm grateful in general that the 9yr old was so helpful, mature, capable - all without complaint. Really, I couldn't be more proud of him (and I told him that a number of times, too).

Thanks to Maxabella for hosting the weekend grateful. Pop over to her blog to check out more grateful posts.

What are you grateful for this week? Do you have kids? Do you think you're raising independent kids?



17 comments:

Felicity said...

A heartwarming post Jodie.

Obviously not for your distress but because of all that your 'little' guy did to help - it seems like he took it all in his stride and the fact that he didn't have opposition from his siblings is also a testament to your parenting.

I think we'd all be grateful if there were more family dynamics like yours.

Ali @ Mummahh said...

oh how sweet of your little man! hes going to be a true gentleman when he grows up for sure. xx

Miss Pink said...

How wonderful!
I have to jump on this bandwagon a little. Bluey, almost 5, is quite the helper. He can fix breakfast for his brother and himself (microwaved weetbix, or any other cereal), and happily takes his brothers nappy off first thing in the morning and pop's it in the nappy wetbag (cloth nappies here). He packs his own school bag and lays out his own clothes. Not out of my laziness, but i got him packing his own schoolbag from the start so he learnt from the get go what was in his bag and that HE had to be responsible for taking all he needed.
I wouldn't say he's at your 9 year olds level, but he knows the routine, and he helps his brother out with it (and isn't that part just the CUTEST). I couldn't stay in bed for the morning but it gives me an extra half hour to lay there dozily if i've had a bad night (i am up to Greenie a lot in the last month).

ANB said...

How good is that! Cheers to your little bloke.

Lauren said...

oh my goodness, what a little champ! Hope you are back to feeling much better...and that the soccer.sport run goes well tomorrow! ;)

Alice Becomes said...

Your boys sound independent, yes, but also caring, kind and so thoughtful..Love this so much. Must have been great to see him step up to the (kitchen!)plate when he knew he was needed

Gill xo

Jane said...

What a little champion! Your boys sound like such great, caring, responsible kids. Hope you're feeling back to your normal, healthy self! xxx

Naomi said...

Jodie, this warms my heart. (as my post this week showed!) I love seeing the independence of our children as they grow. I also love the caring nature... what a gorgeous boy your 9 yo is.
xxx

Emma said...

Ah, a wonderful post. And a wonderful boy. Sounds like he's more capable of caring for others, and sick people, than my husband is of me when I'm unwell (he can do it, obviously, just not without the no-complaint bit ha ha!).

deux chiens et un garcon said...

Oh what awondeful boy. His love for you and his brothers is obvious. Sounds like he an sep up to the ole of "man of the house" quite well.

Jodi Gibson said...

Something to definitely be proud of. So caring and thoughtful and independent. This is my goal as a Mum, to raise children that are happy, confident and able to make it in the wide world out there x

River said...

What fantastic sons you've got! In years to come their wives with thank you.
I raised independent kids too, mostly because having them able to look after themselves and each other meant I had lots of free time for doing things I wanted to, like reading stacks of books....
It's also a big help to have kids who know how to cook and run the washing machine.

Kellie said...

That makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. What a lovely tale. I can only hope my girls grow up to be even half of what your son has become. That's something to truly be grateful for.
Hope you're feeling much better too!

jody said...

That is very impressive, you must be so proud! I only hope to be able to do the same for my children. x

Maxabella said...

Wow, what a cool little dude! If I couldn't get out of bed one morning, my three would be completely stranded. They have absolutely no idea. Must rectify that!! x

Katrina Germein said...

What a little trooper. It sounds like he enjoyed the opportunity too. Win/win!

Megan Blandford said...

Gorgeous!