My two-year-old son is a great helper. He helps without any thought of getting allowance or extra privileges. I guess I better enjoy it while it lasts.
His daily chores include:
- Closing any door that I open (dishwasher, closet door, bathroom door, etc.)
- Pushing the clothes into the dryer for me (and closing the dryer door).
- Turning on the lights in the house when we come home at night.
Now don’t report me to the child labor officials! 🙂 Besides, my son actually enjoys it. After he does his “chores”, he shouts, “Yay!!!”
Once he shouts “yay”, I have to say “yay” too. If I don’t, he keeps saying it, over and over again. I guess my approval and acceptance is his form of payment.
Yesterday morning proved to be no different. I took some clothes out of the hamper to take to the laundry room. As usual, my shadow was right behind me, saying ABCs and playing with his blocks.
On the way to the laundry room, I dropped a pair of my husband’s underwear on the floor. I asked my son to pick the underwear up and bring them to the laundry room.
He looked at me strange at first, almost as if to say, “I’m not picking up those dirty underwear!”
I said to him again, pointing at the underwear, “Pick those up for me.”
I turned around and went to the laundry room. I put down the clothes and turned around to get my other load of clothes when I saw my son coming out of my bedroom, heading towards his room. But he didn’t have the underwear.
I looked in the room where I dropped the underwear and didn’t see them.
I decided to ask my son about the underwear.
Me: Where are the underwear?
Son: (gives mommy a blank stare)
Me: Where did you put the underwear?
Son: (starts grinning)
“Oh boy,” I thought to myself.
I searched the:
- Bedroom – under the bed, behind the TV, behind the dresser.
- Bathroom – in the hamper, behind the hamper, in the trash can.
- Living Room – under the chairs, behind the TV, in the toybox
- Son’s Bedroom – in the bed, under the bed, in his dresser drawers…
12 hours later… I still haven’t found the underwear. Oh well. They’ll show up some day.
I just hope it’s not with an audience of friends. We’d never live that one down!