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life in the slow lane
May 20, 2011Posted by on
Today it finally hit me why I am chronically late, three steps behind and always wishing there were atleast 10 more hours in a day– I have a toddler.
I do not consider myself to be a stupid person, but for some reason I have a hard time getting the concept that it now takes at least twice the amount of time I would normally take for said task, to actually complete it. That is not allotting time for potential meltdowns or tantrums, which as we all know, could last anywhere from 2 seconds – 20 minutes on a bad day.
Recently I made the
mistake choice to let Astaire help me with some chores around the house. Now even my daily routine of cleanup has come to a screeching hault, as she has to be involved in everything I do. It’s cute, and I love her willingness to help, I pray it continues into her teenage years (yea right who am I kidding??). And it gives me daily laughs.
Today, when we finished our snack while watching cartoons- she promptly took my bowl & hers to the trash can and threw them away! I had to then explain to her that they went into the kitchen on the counter…but yet again she surprised me by pulling open the dishwasher! I said “Do you want to put them in the dishwasher” and she said “YESH!” So I pulled out the drawers and she threw them (literally) in on top of the other dishes.
She also has a special stool that she uses to stand on to help me prep dinner, throw the laundry into the washer (one piece at a time), and anything else she can’t do from her level. Here are a few photos of her helping around the house.
I have noticed that when she is involved and helping, it definitely makes our day go much smoother and she is much happier!
How do you keep your little ones involved, and what kind of age appropriate tasks do you give them to do?