My oldest loves to cook and help in the kitchen. Her control freak Mom often holds her back from this, because it’s faster to do it myself and I don’t want dinner to be late because (insert some sort of not-really-important excuse)
I hate cooking. And I’m often overwhelmed in the evenings- activities and homework and cooking and cleaning up and getting ready for the next day. Having a helping hand would be amazing.
One of my favorite podcasts did an episode on productivity. The guest, an author of a book on productivity, claimed that taking 30 hours to train someone on a 5-minute task will break even in a year, and will save you time from there on out. So yes, initially it is faster to do it yourself. But once you’ve completed the training, you now get to completely move on and no longer need to even think about that task.
This was the kick in the butt I needed. I’ve been so stuck on “It’s faster to do it myself” that I never even considered the payoff in the long run. I couldn’t see that far out.
Is the world going to end if dinner is late? No. Will it take longer for the next few months? Maybe. But the skills she is learning, the satisfaction she gets when she cooked it herself, and the simple fact that in a year I may not need to cook every night? That right there should make it worth it.
I’m already benefiting from this- I just need to remind myself. Today was a 2-hour delay from school and I wasn’t feeling well, so I stayed in bed late. She delivered chocolate chip pancakes to me in bed. Won’t that be amazing to apply to dinner, too?
I need to let go of my control freak tendencies and let my child soar.
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