3.12.2008

Works For Me Wednesday: My Little Helper

If you would peek into my kitchen right about now, you would notice that it was pretty darn clean. The dishes are all done and the floor is sparkling. Now, a few months back, this never would have been the case.

Part of the reason was because I was prego and huge and tired. The other reason was because I felt unable to do anything while my daughter (almost 2) was up and destroying the house/bouncing off the walls/flipping out in a call for more, more, more attention/hindering whatever I tried to do.

Then one day I was hit with a major AhHa! moment. I realized that my daughter could help me with the things I needed to do. That way she would not actually be in the way, I could keep my eye on her, and I'd be teaching her some important skills.... all while accomplishing what I needed to get done around the house!

So, for the past few months, she has become My Little Helper. When we do the dishes, she pulls the (non-sharp) silverware, dishes, and sippy cups from the dishwasher and she knows where to put them. And when we clean the kitchen floor, I take one of th extenders out of the Swiffer (to make it more her size) and she pushes it all around the kitchen. Then she takes the dust pan and sweeps up the crumbs and dirt. (Ok, so this part she doesn't do all too well yet, but it's a start.)

Anyway, I have no idea why I hadn't thought of this earlier, but it has certainly worked for me. And my daughter... she's actually excited when I ask her to help me clean! Who knew? lol Want to see more Works For Me Wednesday tips? Check them out over at Rocks in my Dryer.

4 comments:

tonsofsons said...

They are never to learn to learn!

Great tip!

Joyfully In Him,
Tons of Sons

http://tonsofsons.wordpress.com/

Heart of Wisdom said...

That is awesome, and you have a warm fuzzy feeling inside instead of a hard knot of frustration!
Good Job Mom!
Thanks for Sharing.

Robin@heartofwisdom
http://www.heartofwisdom.com/heartathome/

dominique said...

It's great to know that your daily chores can be lighten with your little helper. I get my 1yr old to help me take the laundry out of the washing machine and put away the toys. It isn't much but he is really proud that he is able to help in his small way.

Milk in the Closet said...

Great idea with the Swiffer! I don't like doing my floors anyway. Might as well get some help from the little people! My daughter is 20 months old and I'm sure she's going to love helping! Thanks for the tip!