A time for toys and a time for cleaning…

In Chloe Mae’s mind, these seem to be the same thing.  Actually, I think she’d rather be cleaning than playing sometimes.  In the last few days…

  • …Chloe got a vacuum that’s just her size for Christmas.  She’s been using it every day since.  She even pulls out the dustbuster portion to keep her tent in tip-top shape!!
  • …she left her playroom and walked straight to the washing machine.  When she found it empty, she moved her way over to the dryer.  Happily, she found clothes in there, grabbed a laundry basket and took all the clothes out.
  • …Chloe abandoned mom and dad in her bedroom.  When dad went in search of her about 10 seconds later, he found her at the broom closet, grabbing the broom and dust pan.
  • ….she lost it when I wouldn’t let her help me sweep up the pine needles from our Christmas tree.  We tried to convince her that the just-her-size Swiffer dad made for her was just as good, but she knew it wasn’t the same and wanted no part of it.  However, later in the day, she was Swiffering up a storm.

Now my question is, how do I keep this kid interested in helping and cleaning as she gets older??

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