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sous chef and dishwasher

The minutes leading up to dinnertime can be a stressful hour for families and ours is no different. While my 7 year-old can easily preoccupy himself and my 1 year-old is strapped into his highchair, my 3 year-old is the one who most often makes me want to dunk my head in boiling water. At his age, he can't sit still for more than three seconds, demands answers to his bizillion questions during the most inopportune times, follows me around like a puppy, and wants to "help" in every possible way.

So I put him in charge of the dinner-prep work.

And because I like to clean as I cook, I surrender my duties of washing the prep dishes to him, his favorite "job" of late.

It's hard but I resist the urge to, well, you know, fix it.


October 12, 2010's sous chef and secretary.

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Reader Comments (2)

My my DD, he was abused to perform housekeeping work with his working clothes and backpack on which meant he just came back from work and his mom immediately put him to work (just kidding)!
DD is somewhat different from his brothers, it is a good idea to keep him busy.
Have a nice weekend!

04.26.2012 | Unregistered Commentergrandpa

omg - the urge to "fix it" runs deep in my veins so I fully appreciate your control - well done!

and... um... what's with the backpack?! ;)

I try to save up TV time for right before dinner for the same reasons - it's completely the witching hour!

04.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJodie

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