Chore Drudgery

Last night, I asked Little Miss C to load the dishwasher. Thinking she was being helpful, she also started it {without finishing with the loading, I might add}. Moments later, J walked into the room to find suds pouring onto the floor.

Yep, she'd filled it with dish soap instead of dishwashing detergent.

Luckily, generous amounts of vinegar, salt and a few rounds of the rinse cycle solved the problem.


Isn't this always a risk when teaching children to do chores? Often the work they create is more than the work they complete. As I sweep the floor {after it's supposedly already been swept} and watch the children shove newly folded laundry into a sloppy pile within their drawers, I have to tell myself that it all pays off in the long run.

Even if the only one who will enjoy the fruits of my labors is Little Miss C's future spouse. :)


LisAway said...

Exactly! I was just commenting on a friend's blog that I need to let go of some of my control issues and have the kids start learning some new skills (cooking, dish washing etc.) I'm just so comfortable with the jobs they have now, tidying, sorting recycling, scrubbing bathroom sinks and mopping the floors each night. They do those things well enough, but MY jobs? I can do them faster and better, so it's HARD to teach them to do it.

Apis Melliflora said...

Who knows, she may be doing your dishes and folding your clothes someday and won't you be glad you taught her!

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