How to Wash Dishes with a Three-Year-Old

Image from page 75 of "The boy's camp book; a guidebook based upon the annual encampment of a boy scout troop; the second of a series of handy volumes of information and inspiration" (1914)

1. Set your three-year-old up with a snack at the kitchen table.

2. Fill the sink with hot, soapy water and dirty dishes.

3. Put on your dish washing gloves.

4. Admit, “Yes, I’m doing dishes!” when the three-year-old asks.

5. Tell the three-year-old that it’s very kind of him to offer, but really, you can do the dishes yourself. He should eat his yummy snack.

6. Pull a kitchen chair over to the sink.

Image from page 1329 of "The Ladies' home journal" (1889)

7. Wash the peanut butter off the three-year-old’s hands.

8. Wash a pot. Hand it to the three-year-old to rinse.

9. Take that knife away from the three-year-old. Rinse the pot yourself.

10. Wash a bowl. Hand it to the three-year-old to rinse.

11. Take that knife away from the three-year-old. Rinse the bowl yourself.

12. Wash a spoon. Hand it to the three-year-old to rinse.

13. Take that knife away from the three-year-old. Wonder why you have so many knives. Rinse the spoon yourself.

14. Decide that you’ve washed enough dishes for now.

Image from page 672 of "The Ladies' home journal" (1889)


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