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.