Every time the kids want to help me with things, especially James, I always end of saying, "Always a helper. Never much help." Kids don't make great helpers. They're messy. They're not invested in the end result. And their attention span doesn't last very long.
However, this past week we had to paint the outside of our house because we got new siding and the boys were so much help! Now don't get me wrong, there are some major messes because of them, but we certainly enjoyed our time together painting our house.