Monday, September 22, 2008

What it Means to Clean Up - Three Year Old Style

I have an almost three year old - Stinkles. She is somewhat trying (what kid isn’t at that age), but cute & funny.

I bought a table & chairs for the basement playroom this past weekend. I wanted to get the Play-doh, crayons, markers, glue, etc. off my kitchen island. There is only room for two at the island anyway so when other kids are over, I didn’t have enough room to keep them all busy with these types of activities. With the table, they can play all they want downstairs.

Of course, as soon as I got it home, my girls wanted the table set up – they were ready for Play-doh! I surveyed the playroom and it was a disaster area. Babies, blocks, & dress-up clothes were strewn all across the 12 X 14 play area. The first order of business became cleaning up so there was room for the table.

I gave each girl a job and then started picking up the plastic food & mini cookware in the kitchen area. My back was to them and I heard Stinkles singing the clean-up song – “Clean up, clean up everybody everywhere. Clean up, clean up everybody does their share.” But there was another sound - whishoo, whishoo, whishoo. I turned around and there she was on the Sit-N-Spin!! How that activity is cleaning up, I’ll never know. I guess I have to be a little more specific, “Now Stinkles, pick up the blocks. That means picking up the block and placing it in this box. Then, you pick up another one and do the same thing . . .”

Kids – argh!

Silver lining:
1. The playroom was clean for two hours.
2. I was able to clean the kitchen island off so there is NOTHING on it!

4 People Laughed Along With Me, Won't You?:

Anonymous said...

I think I had a child just like Ellie once. In fact I'm very sure I did! I know you need to be specific in what you ask a child to do - for example, my little girlwas having a hard time telling me something that was very important to her. I said to her, "calm down honey and spit it out" - and that is actual what she did - SPIT! Do you know her???? I believe she started this BLOG site! You see, she started her journey of humor a long long time ago:):):)

Anonymous said...

Ok I was going to say that she is just like her daddy.. but then after reading that comment I can't stop laughing.. and maybe it's Kate that is more like her Daddy.

But I can't hardly see cuz I'm laughing so hard!
: ) manda

Jake said...

Sophia sure enjoyed playing with the girls while you were picking up the table, but I believe she might have thought the table was for her, she kept asking where the table was after they left...


Danny Heiple said...

I laughed so hard at what what anonymous (Melania's mother) said I could not see either Manda. It was great to laught today I needed that.

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