Even though Gage is only four years old, this August he will be enrolled in full-day kindergarten. And no, this wasn’t my initial plan whatsoever. The plan was for him to stay home with me this year, go to two-morning a week preschool next year, and then the following year (at five and a half years old) he would start full-time kindergarten at our neighborhood public school.
But a year ago when I decided this is the way it would be, moving to Belgium wasn’t even a dream. But here we are, only four months away from getting on a plane with a one-way ticket to Waffle Town.
In Belgium, four year old children attend full-day Kindergarten. And because we want to do like the Belgians do, Gage will be going to Kindergarten too. To make the transition a little bit easier on him and us, we’re giving him more freedom now, hoping he becomes a little bit more independent (and possibly gain a little more maturity) before this drastic change rocks us all. We’re treating him more like one of the big kids, and less like his little brother.
Gage’s new responsibilities include:
Getting dressed in the morning on his own, including picking out his own outfits. And even if his outfit is a straight-up clown costume, I let him keep it on because he made the choice.
Brushing his teeth unassisted. (so so so messy)
Making his own Breakfast.
And prepping a snack for himself and Paul after their afternoon rest time.
This is what happens when you leave the room to pee while he’s “just gonna pour a little in the bowl”.
As you can see, his new responsibilities are totally cutting my workload in half. He’s a work in progress no doubt, and I have to give him an A for effort when it comes to gaining independence.
And with every splatter and spill, comes a sweep and trap.
I’ve been a long time supporter of all things Swiffer for as long as I can remember. They always seemed come up with innovative products that do a really great job cleaning up all the little messes happening on our hardwoods.
Their newest little cleaning gem is the Sweep & Trap. Basically, rotating blades sweep up the mess into an easy to empty dirt bin (in the above photo, you can see all the cereal collected) and then a dry cloth follows behind, picking up any stray crumbs and dirt. Best part? There is no motor or batteries to worry about replacing.
We’re in love it it, and it’s easiest enough that even the most independent of mess makers can embrace life’s little messes. Yes, Gage is a Swiffer Sweep & Trap pro. It’s part of the deal. You make the mess, you clean the mess.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.