Apr 22, 2010

The Dish Washer

4/22/2010 — cori
In our house, each of the kids have after dinner chores. We don't typically rotate them or switch them around simply because of age and skill set - the don't correspond or transfer well from job to job. But as of late, they've been asking to switch with each other and we've been tentatively watching from the sidelines to see how it goes. So far, so good.

All that to say, typically Chloe doesn't do the dishes. I let her sometimes when all I have in the sink is tupperware and plastic cups. Nothing can get broken and she can't get hurt. But she's 6 now. That's big. She feels she's entitled to do all things 'big'. That includes dinner dishes. And what pride she takes in her work. She's very detail oriented, so this job was actually a perfect fit for her.

She calls me down when there's only one item left in the sink, a bowl with left over salad in it. She wanted to know what to do with it. She asks, "Mom, should I put this in the garbeler?"

Then I'm quickly reminded how 'big' she really is. I couldn't correct her. I thought garbeler fit so much better than garbage disposal - that sounds too grown up.

After instructing her in the proper use of the garbeler, I watched as she handled it like an expert. Life is fun when you look at it through the eyes of a child.

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