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Jessa Duggar's New Video Of Spurgeon Is An Important Reminder For Us

On Tuesday July 9th, Jessa Duggar shared a sweet video on Instagram of her son vacuuming. Duggar is the star on Counting On, an updated reality show about the Duggar Family.

The mother of three shared a video of her 3-year-old son vacuuming on Instagram, with an important message about the importance of letting kids help out around the house. For most of us, cleaning the house can seem impossible in the presence of a 3-year-old, and letting them help feels as if it only makes things more difficult. Duggar posted the video with a caption that was intended to make people remember why it's important to let kids help, even if it makes the task take longer.

The video was of her oldest son Spurgeon determinedly trying to vacuum a rug. The caption she posted along with it stated "There’s a window of time in the toddler years where little ones become eager to help. It’s so sweet to watch their excitement as they are allowed to take part in meaningful tasks — not pretend 'helping,' but really doing something that helps out the whole family".

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There’s a window of time in the toddler years where little ones become eager to help. It’s so sweet to watch their excitement as they are allowed to take part in meaningful tasks— not pretend “helping”, but really doing something that helps out the whole family. Playing together is fun, but even the cleanup can be fun if we do it together. 👦🏻💙 There’s a sense of importance and belonging and being needed. Sometimes as a mom I have to pause and remember this. Yes, it may take 5x longer than if I did it myself, but they find it exciting to help out and lend a hand. We definitely need to encourage this and not squelch the excitement. Spurgeon wanted to vacuum the rug this morning, so I showed him how to get started, and then he took over. I stood there in awe watching this determined little guy. After 10 min of going in circles and stopping to inspect for any missed spots, he had the whole thing spotless! Wiping down the table, putting away toys, dumping ingredients and mixing in a bowl, grabbing a diaper for the baby, loading spoons and cups into the dishwasher— they’re eager to take part. As they show interest in household tasks, there needs to be less of sending them off to play, and more of bringing them alongside us and involving them in what we’re doing. At first, tasks will be joint or may require our full supervision, but before we know it they will be older, competent, and be able do these tasks on their own— and do them well. My mom modeled this beautifully. “There’s a window of time where they’re eager to help. Capture it. Don’t squelch it.” ☺️❤️

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She carried on to say "Sometimes as a mom I have to pause and remember this. Yes, it may take 5x longer than if I did it myself, but they find it exciting to help out and lend a hand. We definitely need to encourage this and not squelch the excitement."

This is a great reminder. For many of us with young kids, it's easier in the moment to just do it ourselves. However, we invariably end up with an older child that isn't into helping all. Allowing kids the chance to explore with helping out around the house when they are young is an excellent way to bridge that gap.

Jessa's post also mentioned how she learned to jump on these opportunities from her mother, Michelle Duggar. Michelle is the matriarch of the large Duggar family, first made famous by the reality show 19 Kids and Counting. Jessa stated "My mom modeled this beautifully. 'There’s a window of time where they’re eager to help. Capture it. Don’t squelch it.'"

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