Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Why You Should Do Dishes With Your Child

Tonight was just a regular night in my house.  I hadn't told the kids to do the dishes, so the dishes were not done.  Things were, shamefully, tense and I might have started to lose my cool.

Then my daughter came out to dry dishes as I washed.  She started talking about her day and I literally felt myself cool down.

Sure, washing dishes is a chore, and I should be more on top of the kids' chore list so I don't have to do those darn dishes myself, but there was something so old time soothing about her and I standing in the kitchen, working together and talking....

Everyone should take the time to do dishes with your child.  It's actually a very good thing.


  1. I hate doing dishes to the point I am seriously considering getting a dishwasher!! I do love it though when the girls help me cook or prepare the packed lunches!

  2. My daughter is completely content to stand next to me and talk while I do all the dishes. Clearly, clearly, clearly I have somehow gone astray in my parenting.

  3. Hahaha ... I enjoy standing and talking too!
    On Saturday night it's tradition.. mom washes I rinse. Not sure when this began.. but it's just the way it is. I agree.. it's soothing. :)

  4. Thank goodness for having dirty dishes, eh? I've never thought about it like this before, but the chore created a place and space for you two to stand together to talk. Nice.