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the “washing machine” incident

One simple parenting scenario seen from two very different perspectives.

Perspective #1 – The Mom

Beth is the greatest mom, she completely goes above and beyond any of my wildest pre-parenting expectations.  She is so nurturing and caring, loving and kind, firm but tender, everything you could ever want in a (smoking hot) mother of your children.

One of the things I love most about Beth’s mothering of Abbey is the way that she makes everyday “big girl tasks” fun for Abbey.

A perfect example from earlier today: Beth needed to run a load of laundry, so she began to collect he laundry from the dirty clothes hampers in our bedroom and Abbey’s bedroom.  This is fairly routine and so Abbey knew exactly what was going on and she began to “help” Mommy carry the dirty clothes in the kitchen.

Always the opportunist, Beth seized upon Abbey’s willingness to lend some assistance as an opportunity to get her more involved in the fun of doing the laundry.

So, Beth sets Abbey on top of the dryer, opens the washer, starts the water filling up the machine, and begins to hand Abbey articles of clothing for her to drop into the washing machine.


Perspective #2 – The Baby

Mommy is taking clothes into the kitchen.

Mommy lets me carry some clothes.

Yeah! Now I am up high on this white machine!

OOOH!!! Fun game!

Mommy hands me a shirt.

I drop shirt.

I watch shirt fall into white thing that is filling with water.

Mommy is so happy!

I am so happy!

Oh, now close the lid! Yippeee!

Baby’s perspective: “THIS IS A GREAT GAME!!!!”

Moral of the Story

Babies cannot tell the difference between a washing machine filling with water and a toilet bowl being flushed – so don’t “teach them to do laundry” and then hand them a shirt to “go put in the hamper” because the shirt will get flushed down the toilet.

  1. Tyler
    July 21, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Hahahaha. I love this story!

  2. julie
    July 21, 2010 at 8:26 am

    i love abbey stories first thing in the morning. they are a good start to the day!

  3. Sarah Pitts
    July 21, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Hahaha!! Thank you for the moral, I will continue to stick with asking Grace to help with putting stuff into the dryer, which is not filled with water.

    Great story!!

  4. July 21, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    That made me really happy.

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