Many years ago, I wrote a post about how my children were not my slaves. I am acutely aware of how easy it can be for parents to start barking orders at their children, and because of the personal stories of people I know, I have always worked hard to not be “that” parent.
But something I said in the post sparked a lot of questions from readers. Here’s what I said:
“As parents, whenever able, we should be right in there working alongside our children.”
What confused readers were the words, “working alongside.” It invoked images of either a family business or mom working on every single task WITH the children all day long, thus never getting her own work accomplished. I had neither of these in mind when I wrote that, and felt a clarification post might be a good way to help parents understand what it looks like to work alongside your children.