Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wash The Dishes, Do The Laundry...

I've often joked that the only reason I have kids is to raise tiny indentured servants that will do my bidding. 

Kidding, of course.

The only reason I have kids is to do that AND to take care of me in my old age. 


But in order to make indentured servants worthy of earning their keep, I'm finding that I need to invest considerable time in teaching them the finer arts of how to clean. 

Yesterday, I was coaching Bean on how to remember the proper location for her toys as opposed to pushing them out of sight into another room.  (She's quite masterful in the realm of "out of sight, out of mind")  She became more and more exasperated and completed each assigned task with the maximum amount of huffing and sighing that she could get away with. (Which isn't much). 

Finally, she had enough of my instruction, and turned towards me, hands on hips, and said,

"MooooOOOOOM!  I am NOT Cinderella!"

Heh! Not yet, kiddo...  But now that you mention it...  those dishes could use some washing... and the laundry needs doing... and hey, the toilets?  Hmmm.... 

Cinderelly, Cinderelly
Night and day it's Cinderelly
Make the fire, fix the breakfast
Wash the dishes, do the mopping

And the sweeping and the dusting
They always keep her hopping  

She goes around in circles
Till she's very, very dizzy
Still they holler

Keep a-busy Cinderelly!


  1. That use to be one of my favorite disney songs hehe! She is learning early how to put her foot down. My boys think cleaning is strictly a mommy duty which i blame fully on their daddy which whom they learn all there bad habits from of course.

  2. Pretty sure that Cinderelly never got to color when she wanted, either! :o)

  3. This cracks me up because when I was a kid and my dad would ask me to do chores he'd aske me to do a bunch of things at once and I did the same thing..I told him I wasn't cinderella..and he said you're right your "Stacerelly" and he would sing the cinderella song with my name instead..

  4. The things she comes up with! ADORABLE!

  5. One of our most vivid memories (collectively, all five of us) is my dad saying things like, "Mow the lawn? Why would I mow the lawn? I've got FIVE KIDS!"

    Substitute in "shovel the snow" and "do the dishes" and "vacuum" and you've pretty much got my childhood memories :-)

  6. Pricless!!!!!!! I am laughing so hard. Made my day after a long busy crazy day at work!!! Love, Meme

  7. Hilarious! My mom always used to say, "I don't need a dishwasher! I'm raising THREE dishwashers!"
    Keep laughing, mom. (Though actually, the skill did come in handy the first year we were married, when we didn't have a dishwasher.)


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