oh it's hard not to forget your older children sometimes.
I think yay! finally they can look after themselves without bothering me a million times a day, bathe, get themselves food etc. My job is done!
But oh there is so much to teach them and when I am all wrapped up in my toddlers I often leave the older ones to their own devices. Only lately I've realised they aren't progressing anywhere fast. There are new skills they should be learning but I'm too tired to teach them. The wonderful little darlings are regressing and being less helpful than the smaller children! oh upcoming teenagerhood!
On Saturday I found myself with N asleep and the other two girls out with Daddy.
Finally! I thought. Alone time Time with K. Time to get on with teaching her some sewing lessons.
Ever since I read about these simple sewing lessons over at Chocolate on my Cranium I've been wanting to do them with K. K has sewn a pillowcase and toy dog blanket before, so she has touched the sewing machine, but I had not given her any tips or how to's really.
Using the sewing lesson guide, K
Did Zig Zag stitch changing the length, width and tension every 5 cm's or so
Did every stitch on the machine
Learnt how to thread the machine
Made herself a little triangle head scarf
no matter how many times I tell them, my girls all prefer to wear scarves 'the babushka way'
She was very excited and I was excited to teach her a skill that may come in useful one day.
Like sewing your own formal dress ;)
I'm finding it hard to keep up with teaching K things on the chores at what age list because she is really not interested in doing much. (Which is EXACTLY why I need to teach her, but why does it have to be such a challenge/hard work to get kids to do things?!)
Well one thing down (lets look at it positively hey?) many more to go..