Have I ever told you wonderful it is to be the mom of 6 kids? Let me just say – it is FUN!! There is never a dull (or quiet) moment. Not only am I their mother and homeschool teacher, but am also blessed with the opportunity to live vicariously through them. Sharing the things I love is the best gift ever. Teaching kids life skills can be taught at any age. It is such a joy to see their face glowing after they have accomplished something, even the smallest task. To know they did it themselves.
Each one of my children is their own person with a mix of my hubby’s and my personalities (as well as grandparents too!). Figuring out what makes them tick is a treasure hunt at its best. One of the goals for me and my business is to offer my kiddos a chance to learn how to operate and run the business, hopefully giving them a step up in life.
My oldest and biggest helper as far as furniture is concerned is my son. Not only does he help me stage photos and move our house around all.the.time., but he also helps retrieve and deliver furniture. That can be a tough job for a 12 year old! But boy, am I glad I have some spare muscles with him around!
Aside from that, he is an artist and enjoys learning the trade of reviving a piece of furniture (be still my heart!). Here is what he is working on…
Next in line is my oldest daughter. She has an artists flair and once she gets into a creative mode she doesn’t stop till it’s completed. Hmmm…that reminds me of someone…wink.wink.
Her first big project was this antique child’s potty chair I was given.
With a little direction from me, she was able to turn it into a totally useful and beautiful planter. Teaching kids is so fun!
They help with all sorts of projects from removing drawer pulls from a dresser to being my cheerleaders while I’m creating some masterpiece.
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST
The littlest guy is enjoying life to the full and loves to help out in any way that a four year old can. Got icky contact paper lining your drawers? I’ve got just the little man to remove it for you. He can even take out drawer pulls and help pack a newly ordered item!
My baby girl is just hanging on to mama and livin’ the good life. Sigh….baby days go waaay too quickly. She is so wiggly it’s hard to take a picture!
Aside from the hands-on part of the work I do, my gang is also involved in learning photography, computer skills, and people skills, all of which are important aspects of a small business. I try to take time teaching my kids all facets of what we do.
I will never shy away from encouraging my kids to join me in the venture I’ve taken. What a glorious way to help them gain confidence in what they do and how to make it in this world.
Will each one become a shop owner or be itching to take over my biz? Probably not, but I would rather have them alongside me gaining ever so much more than they would standing behind a counter at a fast food restaurant. Can I get an amen?
Kate Orr says
Larissa – I totally agree with you. There are so many things children can learn to do -and to do well! – at a young age! We do our best to give them as many different opportunities as possible – from sewing, to cooking and baking skills, to money management, pet care, child care, community opportunities – a really endless list of possibilities!
Thanks for sharing – I love the pics of the kids – especially that baby girl! My she has grown!
Kelly (on my daughter, Kate’s, google account)
Namely Original says
Love what you’re doing with your kids! We have done the same thing and now our two oldest (18 and 16) are on a mission trip with money they earned themselves.It’s gratifying to know you’re making a huge impact in their lives!
Rachelle Morris says
I always love reading your blogs! They are so heartfelt and real and I love that most! The other side I love is the creativity and simplicity you inspire! Thanks for sharing! You are so blessed!
Lorri Rauscher says
It great that your children learn how to make trash into treasure. It is a gift to know how to fix things..great way to learn a new skill and make some money. Think how beautiful their rooms will look…then later their own homes…Sigh..I always have repurposed items and know I see my own sons doing it in their own homes. ?
Thank you for getting why we do what we do. It’s such fun! 😀