My Little Helper

CeCe has a natural instinct for helping. Or at least, what she thinks is helping. Really it's more of "I want to do what you are doing, but I'm going to end up making a mess!"

When I unload the dishwasher, she loves to pick up the silverware and hand it to me. Perfect team, right? Until she decides it's more fun to drop the clean silverware on the kitchen floor and yell "Uh-Oh!"

Or when we need to put away her toys, but she throws them so hard into the basket they just go bouncing out across the room.

Laundry has to be her favorite though. First we separate the clothes into baskets, and she promptly throws them onto the floor. Then when the laundry is done, we fold the clothes and she promptly throws them on the floor. Or sometimes, she gets creative with it:

Mommy's (clean) underwear make wonderful scarves, or necklaces, or whatever she was trying to accomplish there. I would never dare to stop this cuteness, but I hate getting to the point where I just say "You are NOT helping. Please go watch Mickey Mouse."

Tasks where my child helps take three times as long to get done. But I know letting her participate it a major part of learning and bonding for us. 

Last week at the grocery store, I allowed CeCe to walk beside me while I carried the basket. After setting the basket on the ground for a moment, I realized there was suddenly a can of coffee, tuna fish and some sort of microwaveable beef stew meal in my basket. CeCe was contributing as many bottom shelf items as she could find.

I returned the unnecessary groceries to their rightful shelves, but was overall pleased that my daughter grasped the concept of putting food from the shelves into the basket. I even gave her the money to hand to the cashier and she did a great job, waving bye-bye to everyone in the store as we left.

It frustrates me to have to re-wash clean dishes or take an extra lap at the grocery just to return all the items my toddler tried to shoplift. But I'm glad that along the way she is picking up new skills. As long as she still is this enthusiastic about chores when she is a teenager :)

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