Kids Emptying the Dishwasher {and Filling} #30DayMom

2014 is all about getting my kids to do chores.  I am committed to the training, the re-training and the follow-through for 30 days…and then hopefully it is a habit!

For the first few days we worked on kids doing laundry.  The good news is that the washer and dryer are being used {correctly} with just a reminder.  The bad news is that folding is STILL and issue!  We will continue to work on that over the next few weeks.

Starting yesterday we tackled kids emptying the dishwasher!

kids emptying the dishwasher - Kids Activities Blog


OK, that photo just makes me laugh because my youngest is 8…but a mom can remember.

Kids Emptying the Dishwasher

I think the underlying reason why I hadn’t insisted on my kids doing this before now is that I remember the HORROR of dishwasher emptying from my childhood.

Wow…both my kids and I are spoiled.

It was the worst chore of all.  One that I would put-off, prolong and avoid.  The funny thing is that in the last 35 years at some point it became just something to do.  I fill and empty without even thinking about it.

Like the laundry chore, I started with a dishwasher tutorial and then realized how ridiculous that was.  They knew where EVERYTHING went.  They had watched me fill/empty/start the dishwasher likely a million times.  The tutorial was cut short and I let them loose.

There was a lot of clanking, door opening/shutting, and flatware jingling, but in less than 3 minutes it was done.

Yep, it was done.

One of the modern conveniences I use for both laundry and the dishwasher that make it easier for the kids is that the soap is in pods {affiliate link}.  It is a bit more expensive, but I have found the convenience and decreased mess worth the cost.  The boys’ cleanliness in measuring with a scoop is not very skillful, so the pods really help us to keep the soap where it should be.

The bottom line on what I learned today is that they know WAY more about what to do then I give them credit.  They have been waiting on the sideline watching.  They are ready to be put into the chore game…despite the bit of grumbling.

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About Holly

Kids Activities Blog is Holly's blogging home.

She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

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