Sunday, March 30, 2008

Next? Sweeping, Mopping, Vacuuming...

I read recently that researchers have found a reliable way to predict of whether a child will become a highly functioning member of society: Children with the most family involvement (chores, responsibilities, etc.) from a young age turned out to be the most competent, responsible adults.

So, as a bona fide housework-hater, I've embraced the idea of delegating household tasks to my 20 month old. And that I can call myself a good mom for doing it! (Right? Right?)

Riley's current chore: emptying the silverware and Tupperware from the dishwasher.

Results:

Hey, I'm not complaining! We've come a long way since this...

4 comments:

Meredith said...

How funny! Those are the same chores that Hannah has to help with, too. We don't have a silverware drawer, though. We just have a wood silverware organizer on top of the microwave, so we have to be a bit more organized with Hannah. I hand her one piece of silverware at a time and she puts it in the right spot. Well, except for the plastic dishes that she just throws under the counter... that's always fun. She loves to "sweep" so I let her push the broom around after I finish sweeping. I wish she would show an interest in dusting. I hate to dust!

Chrissy said...

I'd love to borrow her! Who cares if it's not totally organized as long as it ends up in the drawer. Seriously, though, when she learns how to vacuum, send her my way...

Madelyn said...

You have the Asian spoons! So cool! And three pronged forks...interesting

Jennifer said...

A wise woman once told me, "Find a chore you hate to do and then teach your children how to do that chore and then make it their responsibility." Good work!