Joshua wanted to try his hand at it too, but he chose bigger tomatoes.
The boys did not leave a lot of tomato for canning, but I don't feel the tomatoes were wasted at all.
If a mom wants cheerful help, she has to willingly accept help...even when it is not "convenient" to do so.
The loss of the tomatoes and a little bit of my time was so little compared to what lessons they gained through offering to help and working beside me.
(I peeled them with a knife this time since I didn't have the energy to stay on my feet for the "boil for a minute, drop in ice water" method. I was still wiped out by time the canning was finished. My littlest one is kicking my butt! :-)