Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 29

Today’s giving: Cleaned with the kids so Mom could come home to a pretty kitchen.

dirty dishesThe language of giving.

This morning when I asked my daughter to do her chore, the dishes, I got the usual response. Sulking, pouting, the banging of dishes.

After she finished, I asked if anyone wanted to help Mom by cleaning the rest of the kitchen. Pouty daughter didn’t volunteer.

But after a few minutes, pouty daughter stopped sulking and started watching the action. Pretty soon, with nothing further said, pouty daughter was cleaning the sink with a brush and cleaner. We worked together until the kitchen was cleaned.

I don’t think that its incorrect to say that how I asked her to clean was important. When I asked/told her to do her chore, all she could focus on was the work. When I asked who wanted to help Mom by cleaning the kitchen, I put the emphasis on giving to Mom. The results were better.

Your attitude toward giving changes with the language you use. It also helps if Dad works with you.

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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