When my 6-year-old asked if he could do the dishes, I decided to shush the part of me that was going to thank him kindly and offer a more age-appropriate chore to help out with. Why not reinforce this self-initiated and sincere offer to help? Usually I hassle my kids to put away their laundry and set the table because I know that chores teach children a sense of responsibility, competence, self-reliance, and self-worth that stays with them throughout their lives. I certainly didn’t want to miss the opportunity to ‘capture’ this voluntary act of household responsibility and increase the likelihood that it would happen again! So I got out the step stool and resigned myself to mopping up a huge sea of dishwater.
Twenty minutes and some precariously piled dishes later, I had a wet but extremely proud little boy who was planning his next tasks of tackling the bathrooms and the car! Honestly, I have to say that the dishes were even fairly clean – much better than when his father washes them!
Read more about getting your child started with doing chores.
Bright Starts Step Stool:
* Slip resistant grips for stability
* Durable, easy-to-clean surface
* Holds up to 150 pounds
$18.00 +FREE SHIPPING