I’ve always encouraged Little Man to help. Even when it was blatantly obvious it would be far easier and quicker for me to do it, I kept the big picture in mind and that is of a capable, helpful and independent adult.
My son pretty much emptied the dishwasher this morning (after the removal of sharp knives and fragile mugs!). Everything was put where it should be and it genuinely made a big difference to my early start. I was able to get his sisters bottles ready and make his breakfast with one less job to do.
We high-fived at the end and we were both proud of his accomplishment.
So, even though it’s frustrating and can take longer when the babes first start out, they soon get it and take pride in doing things for themselves AND you. It really is worth the patience. K x