I think there's something wrong with my child. She loves to do house work and clean! But I'm not complaining. I'm loving it!
Here are a few stories from this weekend. Tonight after supper my girl apparently hid a lot of her veggies in her high chair tonight. So I lowered the chair down to her level for her and she individually threw each piece of food in the garbage. When it came down to wiping out the seat, she would wipe it out, walk to the garbage and drop collected food in the garbage (just like Mommy & Daddy do). Let me tell you, for a 16 month old she did an amazing job! The only spots that were still dirty were the very back corners that are hard to get. When I told her that we were all done & that she did a good job, she dropped to the floor & threw a fit. Like I said, there's something wrong with my child. I never thought I'd see my child throw temper tantrums every time I tell her that we're all done cleaning up. And this happens more than you think.
Another story. We use cloth diapers. When it comes to stuffing clean diapers she now has to help. My little girl will bring over one diaper and one insert. I'm supposed to help hold open the diaper and she stuffs the insert into the diaper. Does she do this correctly, not a chance! But she's so proud of herself when she's done. So at times now our stuffed diapers will have an insert stuffed into a ball right at the very opening of the diaper.
People laugh at me when I tell them that she makes supper or bakes, but it's true. I let her do all the "safe" stuff, so stirring, pouring ingredients into the bowl/pan. There are times when we don't need the oven or stove and she will play a part in the entire process. And she loves it! In face we've had many a temper tantrums when the stirring was all done.
My little girl will also find specks on the floor and pick them up and
put them in the garbage. Unfortunately, she will purposely dump water
on the floor just so she can wipe it up (because apparently washing
floors is fun). At times she will pick up her clothes after a bath and
take them into her bedroom and put them in the dirty laundry pile. She
will also help me load & unload the washing machine and dryer. She
will even bring over wet clothes from the washing machine to hang up on
the drying rack. She has figured out how to work the dishwasher (I have caught her several times starting the dishwasher right after we've emptied it). My favorite thing though is she has the same obsessive compulsiveness that I have about cupboard doors being closed. She will go around the kitchen close cupboard doors on you when you're trying to get something or put something away. Same goes with the freezer. Dig fast! She even has to go behind her father and close the doors (that are at her height) for him because he's famous for leaving cupboard doors open. :)
I could go on and on about how much she loves to help. I'm just so amazed at how well she helps and how much she loves to help. I hope that this is something that continues on and that she will have that desire to keep things neat & tidy just like her momma.