One thing about Alice these days that just melts our hearts is her helpful nature. She wants to be involved! She wants to be told how to help!
For example, as soon as she sees one of us start making the bed in the morning, she trots over to the pile of pillows and tries to pick them up bodily.
It’s time to make the bed?
We keep her high chair in the dining area, but frequently move it to the kitchen when she eats her meals, for easier cleanup and so that I can work on cooking while she snacks/dines. As soon as I announce, “Alright Alice, I’m going to move your high chair,” she starts chanting “hachaaa, hachaa,” and helps out by grabbing any part of it that’s within her reach.
And shoes–she loves playing with them as she exclaims “ashhh! ashhh!” And as soon as Mama says, “I’m going to put on my shoes,” Alice leaps into action.
Wanna wear these, or these?
Not those, sweetie–today Mommy is wearing her boots.
No problem, Mom.
-Hands Dada his gloves and scarf when he’s suiting up to leave the house in the morning.
-Takes Dada’s keys and puts them in the drawer when he gets home.
-After we brush her teeth, she brushes our teeth. Teeth-brushing is a family affair and she is not going to let our pearly whites rot away on her watch.
Of course, sometimes she also likes to “help” pull every article of clothing out of my drawers . . .
. . . and pull all the books off my night stand . . . and pull all her books out of the cupboard . . . and hide things in laundry baskets, trash cans, and under our rugs . . . but that’s another post for another time.