Thursday, May 22, 2008

Dishwasher Chores

I hated doing the dishes as a child, probably because the two houses we lived in, the dishwasher crapped out a year or two end and we ending up doing them all by hand, with the dishwasher as a glorified drain rack.

As Little Blue gets more involved around the house, one of the chores he does on occasion is putting the eating implements away. I take away the sharp knives, if any, then give him the basket. He talks to himself and plays a little matching game with the spoons, forks, and butter knives.

Little Dude even asks whether to put his dishes in the sink or the dishwasher when they're dirty. Granted, he doesn't put them in the right spot, but he gets them on the right rack.

As an added bonus, I can usually finish putting everything away while he's talking to the spoons. Makes the daily chores a little more enjoyable to have him underfoot.
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How to unload the diswasher with a curious toddler underfoot

Here's how I manage to load and unload the dishwasher with a toddler (18 months) who wants to be involved with EVERYTHING I do: while she is sitting in her toddler chair, I give her the utensils rack from the dishwasher and several spoons. The other morning she spent several minutes - yes, minutes! - moving the spoons around to the different compartments while I was able to unload and load the dishwasher. She likes having the shiny, grown-up spoons and the power to decide which spoon goes where. I like having a few minutes to deal with the rest of the dishware.

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