I thought of a few more things to love about a wood stove. I can toast marshmallows, make 'smores, or roast hot dogs any time I have a hankerin' for some. It's also very good for keeping children busy with stacking firewood. Actually, any farm work is good for that as well.
Yes, I believe in child labor. I was one of those horrible mothers who lay awake at night thinking of ways to annoy my children. Now that I have a 16 year old grandson who lives with me I can either rely on my past experiences or think up new ones. Being 60 years old I usually stick to the old tried and true methods of keeping children busy. My motto is "Give them enough to do so they'll stay out of trouble till they're 30."
Well, it's getting late and I need to go to bed. Perhaps I can think of something to keep him busy for tomorrow before I drift off to sleep. Of course, giving him work to do also annoys him so I get to accomplish 2 things simultaneously. I love efficiency!