It happens to every parent I’m sure, your kids hit that point, a big stepping stone to their progression in life…
Is the scream I’ve been hearing from my 2-year-old son throughout the last week or so as well my wife has heard her version as well. And instantly our son is hanging off our legs ready and willing to do anything we ask of him. He just wants to help do whatever it is we are doing in that moment.
This is both a good and a bad thing. I guess I shouldn’t say bad thing, but basically the “helping” of a 2-year-old can add some extra stress to what you were focusing on. And I say were focusing on, because it was your primary objective. Now, your goal is to finish what you were doing and supervise your child to prevent taking them to the hospital. And as being male, we suck at multitasking, add a dash of stress to the situation here.
Alright, let’s do this! I pump my self up for the helping while putting away dishes from the dishwasher. This situation isn’t as bad as the cooking help, less time to react to little fingers getting near heat in that situation.
So my first reaction, grab all the sharp knives put them away, one less stress out-of-the-way.
“Caaaarrreeefuuuuuulll!” as he goes straight for the heavy plates.
“Plate..Heavy” he says carrying it over to me. But a hell of a job he is doing.
“Tough lil’ bugger” I think to myself.
He then continues to pull items out of the dishwasher and oddly knowing exactly where everything goes. He hands me the items that go in the upper cupboards and puts things like the mixing spoons away exactly where they belong.
“Hold on, time out. Have you put the dishes away before?”
“well, thank you buddy!”