Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Doing dishes with Dan

Here is Dan, "helping" with the dishes. He likes to help when I wash them in the sink too. He usually helps by pouring water on me and drinking out of all of the clean dishes -- or licking them and throwing them on the floor. With the dishwasher he often pulls so hard on the top rack that it falls out. He likes helping with the dirty dishes the most. This is a problem since I can't let him touch most of our dirty dishes so he won't get hives from lingering milk products. He likes to turn on the dishwasher after it's finished drying and turn the knob when it's washing. I bet you all wish you had such a dedicated worker at your house. Dishwashing is when I speed clean. Look! Dan's in the other room. Unload that dishwasher quick. Oh. He's coming. Close it and pretend you're busy doing something else. Then I try to distract him so I can load a dish or two. Did I mention that he doesn't like opened doors or drawers (unless he gets to play in them) and so you have to be careful or he will slam your arm in the dishwasher. If any of you need help learning to be quick let me know and I'll send him over for a visit.

5 comments:

cold cocoa said...

Wow- I didn't know the dishwasher could be such a draw. I'm a bad mom because I don't like kids helping with the dishes because it takes so long, though I had a class that taught us to cherish those working moments with the chilluns'.

cold cocoa said...

Oh, and about the gray hair- I don't think it's unattractive but I think now is a time of life to experiment with fun colors while you are still young. Why not? You can be gray later.

Megz said...

can't you come up with some of my words of wisdom for your quote spot? I am sure I have said something profound before. And good job Dan for helping. Isn't it better to be an eager helper than a never helper?

T said...

your kitchen looks cleaner than mine... maybe I should learn to let my children help - of course I've avoided it for so many years that it is far too late, they don't try to help anymore now that they're big enough. THAT'S the reason to let them help I guess... oh well, Maryn is being Daddy's big helper and grilling the turkey burgers right now - that should count for something!

Anna said...

Maybe Dan could teach speed to my four children, who think nothing of making a 10-minute job take three hours. Does this speed-encouraging method help with messy bedrooms?