After a conversation about the adults that help us all the time, my 6 year old decided to help serve our Bishop, a leader in our church, by cleaning the church.
In the end, the boys happily cleaned for 45 minutes. 45 minutes of vacuuming, wiping, scrubbing, and all done quietly. That has never before happened in the history of doing their own chores at home. I was amazed. They knew that they were doing an act of service in cleaning the church, and they respected that place in doing the service. Just as they try to behave better when visiting a nursing home, they are recognizing when it is appropriate to run crazy and when it is appropriate to concentrate on a cleaning task at hand.
Later, my son dictated an email to our Bishop: