“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This quote for Benjamin Franklin reflects many of my mother’s walks. Since I was a child my father used to throw parties often. My mother would ask me to give a hand in setting the dinning table, in writing the grocery list or the menu. She would dictate and I write. After the meals she used to ask for help in the kitchen, keeping a share from the food for the less fortunate and storing the rest, always in clean dry boxes.
During the holy month of Ramadan, though having helps, she would distribute some of the Iftar responsibilities on my sisters and me. One would be in charge of the salad, another for the table setting, one for preparing the juices and one for filling the dishwasher at the end.
From my mother’s walks at home I learned one of the most important parenting lessons. Good parents should embed in their children the sense of responsibility and ensure that they can serve themselves and live independently, as life has its ups and down, so they must prepare them for the unexpected.
Even though we had helps at home, my mother ensured that we can do almost every home chore which made us reliable wives later. From these walks I learned how practicing a task over and over develop the person’s skill and let him have what we call ‘experience’, even if it’s on a small scale. And for sure this walk made me comprehend how tasks become less stressful and less time consuming when divided on many persons. I learned that family members must collaborate together. I understood that children must give a hand at home since their early years. I learned that mothers must not handle the family chores alone. Most of all I learned to use lists to plan my tasks and how planning is fundamental to success.
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