Housekeeping – not my strongest skill. I think even the goldfish applauded when that infamous nesting instinct broke out and I actually VACUUMED while I was pregnant. (Random aside: I worked for a vacuum cleaner company as an engineer and STILL can’t spell that word correctly on the first try. True story.)
So if I have the opportunity to pawn some of the housework off on the unsuspecting and oh-so-willing toddler? I’m so totally in. That I get to call it a “teachable moment” and “learning responsibility”? Icing on the cake. The delicious, delicious, chores-for-other-people cake.
(Funny part: the parenting books all talk about “lowering your standards” and not redoing your child’s attempts if at all possible. Ummmm – guys? If my standards got any lower the health department would put me on a reality show. Kidding. Kinda.)
So the Little Scientist has his chores – he unloads the dishwasher, sweeps the floor, and takes out the recycling. And BOY will I be sad when the day comes he needs something more than applause and a “good job!” to motivate the work… Do you think I can teach him to do laundry before then?
The iPPP ladies are much nicer to their kids than I am – they’re probably doing FUN stuff this summer. Check ’em out!