We want our little ones to be helpful. We want them to gain a sense of community and personal responsibility and learn how to care for others…but sometimes when they help they don’t really help. Like when my daughter was little and would take the dishes out of the dishwasher and put them away – before they were washed. Or when this little girl decided to give the dogs water…by hand…one handful at a time. We love seeing them try, but good golly you know someone (aka mama) is going to have to clean up when she’s done. Take a look!
Like I said, learning how to care for others is something every young child develops eventually, and even though this one isn’t doing it quite right, she’s trying. And you’ve got to love her for that. Just like I loved my daughter for trying to help with the dishes…even though it meant I had to go back and wash ALL the dishes instead of just the dirty ones. Still, the effort matters and from the looks of it, this little one is going to be quite the helper once she’s old enough to know what she’s doing!