Thursday, January 29, 2009

More Things To Love

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!


Shellmo said...

I love smores! Now you have me dreaming about them!
Also - firm believer is giving kids chores - I think it not only keeps them out of trouble - it teaches them responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. (Though I think I heard my stepson muttering underneath his breath when I had him shoveling yesterday. ha,ha!)

City Mouse said...

Mmmm - smores! Just wanted to stop and say hello, and mention that I share your love of woodstoves. We're just getting to the point where we're really moving on our country homestead - I ended up finding your blog through my good friend Peggy at Hidden Haven. I'm off to read some old posts and add myself to your follow list so I can come back often!

cheesychick said...

My daddy always said, that to keep youngins' out of trouble, you need to keep them too tired from working to think about anything else. I think he was on to something as neither my brother or myself have ever been in jail...yet. And my youngins', you bet I keep their fannies moving. Just following family tradition.

Hot Belly Mama said...

Yes! Someone else who believes in the honors of child labor! I mention it briefly in my most recent blog. What a coincidence! And it's about using children to help with fire wood too. :)