Simple Task + Help = Complex Task

A comparison of a simple task with and without the help of a 3 year old.


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Washing Up Alone

1. Fill sink with hot soapy water
2. Wash up.
3. Dry up/leave for later.

Washing Up With Help From A Three Year Old
1. Fill sink with hot soapy water.
2. Explain (badly and without knowledge) how washing up liquid makes bubbles. (Magic?!)
3. Get chair as he now wants to help.
4. Pour half water out as is too hot for small hands. Refill so lukewarm.
5. Three year old starts to help. Soaks self in water. Has tantrum as is wet.
6. Change three year old into dry clothes with the addition of an apron.
7. Water now cold.
8. Warm up water.
9. Toddler now needs a poo.
10. Sit on cold tiles of bathroom floor for twenty minutes alternating between singing nursery rhymes and receiving defecation updates. ‘It’s coming’ ‘It looks like a duck, look at it’ etc etc
11. Realise it is lunchtime.
12. Make more food using few remaining clean plates and implements.
13. Eat.
14. Refill sink with hot water.
15. Repeat steps 3-6.
16. Toddler washes up plates. They are still dirty, and are now sharing their grime with the clean things you hadn’t got round to putting away from the draining board.
17. When he has got bored move the whole lot back to the ‘to do’ side of the sink.
18. Floor is awash with water, skid and bang knee and smash a bowl. On the up side, decide that the combination of washing up water tsunami and dust panning of smashed crockery counts as cleaning the kitchen floor.
19. Wash up quickly while he watches people opening Kinder Eggs on YouTube.
20. Decide to buy either a dishwasher/use paper plates from now on.
21. Realise it is time to cook dinner.
22. Make everything dirty again.

Love Miss Cisco XXX

Disclosure for when my lovely bloke reads this: Yes, you do most of the washing up, which I am HUGELY grateful for, and this post (along with my inbuilt dislike of the task) is why! 🙂 And yes ladies, I am very lucky to have a fella who does the washing up!



  1. February 5, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    You really need that dishwasher… makes the kitchen appear tidy in seconds as you can hide everything in there & forget about it until full. Ask anyone in my house to unload it & they all disappear!
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  2. February 5, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    haha see i do not need to go through all of this , I do them on my own during the time they are at school but it is actually my older childrens chores so they do it, but no one else is allowed in the kitchen with them while they are doing it , my son however does like bubbles and just like his sister whos 10 i can imagine that the sink would be filled just as yours is with too many bubbles lol for just one plate

  3. February 5, 2015 / 4:47 pm

    Entertaining toddlers is hard work and if they want to help with the washing up too – sounds like asking for trouble!! Mind you my teenager isn’t any better as he uses up half the bottle of washing up liquid when he helps with the washing up!!
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  4. February 5, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    This made me laugh, we don’t have a dishwasher……Well we do but its called me unfortunately. On the rare occasion the Teens wash up it looks like someone has done it with their imagination.
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  5. February 5, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Ha ha. Luckily our 4 year old only wants to dry the dishes. The other kids have the task of doing the evening dishes and it often turns into a huge argument over whose turns it is to wash or wipe.
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  6. February 6, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    You lucky lady! Rovi hates doing to washing up or takes 10 years to do it LOL
    I can’t wait for Hayden to get older then I will never do them again HAHA
    Or I could just invest in a dishwasher
    Thanks for sharing lovely

    Charlotte x
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  7. July 24, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    Haha! This is exactly how it is with a toddler! I love their enthusiasm to help but no work is done like this! From one side it is really funny!

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