Dr. Maria Montessori called them
the humble tasks of daily living:
preparing a meal
scrubbing the floor
basically, any task that we adults would refer to as a "chore."
I try to include Elise in as many of these tasks as I can.
Not because it makes my life easier
(Actually, it usually makes my life more difficult - ha!)
but because it is so satisfying to her,
the little adult-to-be!
I had been struggling to find a safe way to include Elise in dish washing...
but a porcelain sink, fragile dishes and toddler hands
just seemed like too dangerous of combination.
Then, I saw Sixtine washing dishes at her house,
and I realized Elise didn't need to use the sink
- a basin of warm, soapy water would work just as well!
(Not me, obviously(!), Sixtine's mom, Deb!)
Elise started out washing the dishes from our afternoon tea party.
It was so much fun, she washed all the dishes leftover from lunch, too!
I just stood across from her at the sink and rinsed. Easy peasy.
It was the highlight of my week - and it's only Wednesday! ;)