Aisha, 5yo, + Delaney, 10 weeks old, + Brioni, 3yo, March 2010
Upon waking, the girls are eager to play with Delaney.

Aisha, 5yo, + Delaney, 10 weeks old, March 2010
This morning, Aisha brought Delaney a little toy to keep her amused.

I’m thankful that we have girls. In some ways it makes my job easier to have all these little mummys around. If I’m busy when Delaney cries, I can often send one of the older girls to distract the baby until I’m free.

I know this isn’t something only girls do, but they do seem to have the innate desire to nurture and care for their younger siblings. Even Calista, when around another baby, will seek to fawn over the baby as if she never sees one at her own house!

I’m sure that as they get older, the girls will be able to share some of the responsibilities for looking after the household. When I was growing up (during the times when we lived at home), I shared the housework with my two older sisters.

We used to rotate through the week, taking turns having “our day”. On “our day”, we were each responsible for setting the table, cooking and washing up. It also meant that we could usually choose what we wanted to cook, so favourite meals were probably eaten every three days!

I’m trying to already establish a pattern of chores with the girls, but I’m not very good at sticking to lists. So the girls empty the dishwasher on a rather haphazard schedule and help around the house as things need to be done.

As they get older, I would like to make them more responsible. How do you ensure that chores are regularly completed?

Calista, 23 months old, Brioni, 3yo, + Aisha, 5yo, March 2010
Of course, one of the perks of having the same gender is that I get to dress them in matching outfits!