A one-bowl recipe that is easy to make. These biscuits can be complimented with butter, gravy, jelly, or strawberries!
I don’t mind doing chores or cleaning. But my son does! As a matter of fact, he came up with this creative tune last night: “It’s a miracle, it’s a miracle… I don’t have any chores… so I’ll just lounge around… in my droopy drawers!”
Oh my word, I held my stomach I laughed so hard! What a kid.
Here’s the thing, there is no amount of whining or sniveling that is going to get him out of doing his daily and weekly chores. I’m not a drill Sargent. Some days there aren’t any chores for him to do, so his work and play time is well balanced. But on the days he has a to-do list, I expect it to be done well and without complaining.
When he was a toddler he loved to help. He was always underfoot wanting to do whatever we were doing. At some point during his transition into adolescence he started to resist the idea of chores. It was rough. I came across a parenting blog that said not to call chores ‘chores’ and to make them fun. I considered using that approach, until I turned to one of my very favorite parenting resources, ‘Love and Logic.’ Oh they are good, so, so good. They know what they are doing! And clearly, most days, I do not.
Chores are chores, people. Life is full of them. Some we want to do, most we don’t. So I decided not to water down one of the facts of life and push through the stage of resistance. I took the approach of empathy mixed with teamwork and a little fun – it worked!
I explained to him that he is part of our family, and we expect him to do his part in taking care of our home. That it’s a privilege to have such responsibilities. All of us have to do things we don’t want to do, so let’s make the best of it together!
We started a tradition of doing a ‘the work is starting’ cheer. So before we start the work, whether it’s cleaning our house, cleaning the church, or doing yard work we stand in a circle facing each other and all together say, “Goooooooooo Teeeeeeeeeam Fisher!” And we high-five each other, all together. This encourages team work and gets him excited to start the work!
And we have fun with it. I like listening to oldies when we clean the house, but my son and husband don’t appreciate them like I do. So they use ear buds and each listen to something different.
I love chores and the important lessons that come with them. For example, finishing what you start, picking up after a mess you’ve made, taking care of your things so they last longer, keeping things organized so you can find them when you need them, taking pride in the work you’ve done, learning efficiency and team work, staying on top of the work instead of procrastinating, and being responsible.
I want my son to know that he is not above cleaning toilets, that he is not above housework, and that someday when he’s a married man I hope that he will have no qualm over mowing the lawn and pushing a vacuum.
One of my prayer requests is that everything works together for good in our lives.
As my son was vacuuming, he got too close to a laundry basket with a piece of clothing hanging over the side. The vacuum caught it and it started smoking and smelled like the clothing was burning. He had to think and act fast. He turned off the vacuum right away and was in tears of fear. It startled him. But we couldn’t let that fear keep him from finishing his work. He was brave and pushed through it.
Another time he decided to go against what my husband instructed. My husband told him not to push the vacuum over the cord. But my son thought he knew better and pushed it over the cord. The cord got caught in the vacuum and stripped the outside of the cord, down to the wires. The whole time I prayed, “Please Lord don’t let Justin take over for him!” He didn’t. He got out the electrical tape, emphasized the importance of obedience, and even though my son put up a fight and wanted to give up, my husband insisted he finished his work of vacuuming.
Here’s the thing. Facebook has this way of making us feel like we suck as parents, that we are somehow doing everything wrong. One little one liner ‘inspirational’ quote can quickly send us spirally down into feeling guilty for requiring any sort of work out of our children. Like, “They are only little once, let them be little.” That doesn’t mean let them make a mess and follow them around the house picking up after them. That means, let them be little. Don’t burden them with the same baggage adults carry around.
And, THEY ARE ONLY LITTLE ONCE! That means, now is the time for my son to learn the value and experience the reward of hard work before it’s too late.
I like the quote, “If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.” I think we often forget, including myself, that days don’t pass as quickly for kids as they do us. The time creeps along for them. An hour seems like an eternity for them, whereas it seems like not enough for us to get a thing done. So we aren’t doing them any favors by missing opportunities to give them more responsibility.
I am almost 40 years old and I still have to preach this to myself, because frankly, some days I just don’t feel like I have what it takes to be responsible and persevere. But deep down, I know I do because my Mom made me do chores when I was a kid. She made me do it because her Mom made her do it. And now my son gets the joy (said sarcastically) of doing chores, too!
Why all of this about chores and nothing about my Grandma’s Easy Homemade Fluffy Vegan Biscuits? Because I needed a reminder of why I am not going to cave into any fussing when it’s time to bust out the cleaning supplies tonight!
For More Breakfast Ideas, Check Out:
- Easy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Squares
- Quick and Easy Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwich
- Best Vegan Biscuits and Gravy
- Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Overnight Oatmeal
For More Vegan Recipes, Check Out:
- 2-Ingredient Vegan Fudge Recipe
- Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Brownies
- Easy Vegan Potato Salad
- Best Vegan Cheese Sauce
- 2 cups Flour
- 1 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Almond Milk, Unsweetened
- Additional Flour for Counter
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine flour, Crisco, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl and mix with your hands until the mixture is crumbly.
- Add almond milk. Stir gently.
- Place on floured surface and knead gently. Pat down to one inch thick.
- Cut with round cookie cutter.
- Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes.