GAPS With A Family: Part 1-Delegating

by brenda on December 20, 2011

What does GAPS look like with a family? Well, I can only give glimpses of what it looks like in our family, but it will look very different for each family!

The above picture is of our three year old son, Auston, cooking one of his favorite foods (bacon with brussel sprouts although he says it, “becon wif pencil pouts”!). Now, I’m not advising that you let any young child cook by themselves (so you don’t need to leave a comment on the danger! =)!), but I do allow him to cook with me all the time!

Auston l-o-v-e-s to cook (I call him my “Jacob”…you know- in the Bible…how Jacob was always cooking in the tents with his mom?). Any time I practically walk through the kitchen I can hear someone dragging a chair over to the stove as our kids think I am making something and they want to help (I’ll admit that sometimes I tiptoe into the kitchen and cringe with that sound if I just wanted to cook something up really quickly by myself…but I’m getting better at sharing my kitchen! lol!). All our kids love to cook and even though at times it makes it all take longer, it really has been a blessing on GAPS. There is a lot of  chopping, rinsing, sorting, stirring, fridge food finding, baby holding, table setting, clearing and cleaning that comes along with doing GAPS, especially with a large family.

I usually have to assign the chores of unloading the dishwasher and other cleaning tasks, but I personally like to load the dishwasher. I just like to get a full load in and know that it will come out clean (rinsed well before putting them in) and I don’t like water all over the floor…so this is one of the tasks that this mama always does. Maybe when they are a bit older, I’ll have them do this too, but for now there are enough other things that they can help with.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that when it comes to the kitchen you need to delegate. A lot.

We can only do so much, and each member of the family needs to help out as much as they can too!

With our recent move (thank you for all your thoughts and prayers…life seems to finally be settling down again!) there has been more delegating as we unpack and also set out some Christmas decorations. When I try to do too much myself I feel weary, exhausted and overwhelmed. Then I step back and remember that I am taking away learning experiences when I don’t allow them to help. There are so many wonderful things that our children can learn as we cook side by side!

Well, I’m off to cook dinner!

What do you delegate at your home?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Brenda December 20, 2011 at 6:09 am

Tarena, this is a very cute photo, and a great post! Thanks for sharing what GAPS looks like in your home! 🙂


Niki December 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

Such a fab photo! What a cutie! My 2 year old daughter is a huge mommy’s helper. She loves to cook & bake & even clean. I must admit though that sometimes I need to stop & take a deep breath when I hear the chair scrapping on the kitchen floor.


Tonia March 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

lol!! I can TOTALLY relate!! With 5 children, I also tend to “cringe” when I here the chair!! My 3 yr. old seems to be taking away MY independence!! He does EVERYTHING!! lol I agree, when we don’t let them help we take away the learning experiences. After all, our girls may be wives and our boys husbands and we need to teach them these things. Whatever the Lord has for them, we will have equipped them for these things. My kids help with dinner as well as rotating kitchen chores. We don’t have a dishwasher as of now and the children are patiently waiting! Won’t be for awhile though. 🙁 Thanks for posting this.


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