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