Each evening after supper, Cade and his daddy clean up the kitchen. Cade has been helping his daddy unload the dishwasher for several months now. It makes perfect sense because the kitchen is one of Cade's favorite places! Dish duty has become "their special time."
One evening I was visiting at my son's house when Cade wasn't much over a year old. My son, Brett, said to me, "Watch this!" Then he said "Cade, let's do the dishes!" I watched in amazement as Cade toddled over to the dishwasher and began removing the dishes. He would hand them to his daddy, one at a time, and Brett would reply "Thank you." I was impressed! Of course, it took forever to unload the dishwasher like that, but Brett let Cade hand him every dish that he was able to lift out of the dishwasher!
Last evening Brett, stopped by for a chat. He said "Let me tell you what Cade did!" He then proceeded to tell me that Cade has learned to put some of the dishes away by himself! He can correctly put away dishes in the cabinets that he is able to reach. He even knows to stack the smaller measuring cups inside of the larger ones! Not bad for a toddler who is not even 20 months old yet...Once again, I'm impressed!