The best thing about toddlers, is that they’re too young to realize when they’re being suckered. I often use this theory when various cups are scattered around the apartment, and need to be tossed into the sink, or when boots need to be neatly lined up by the front door.
Recently, I’ve been convincing Eli what a pure JOY it is to clean the house. Sweeping, vacuuming, washing countertops. Today, I had a brilliant idea that I should get him to clean up the filthiest item in the house; his high-chair. I suppose we could lie and say that we’re teaching him about chores at an early age, but trust me, this is in no way altruistic.
Because my mother is also in on this ‘scamming toddlers’ fiasco, she bought him a miniature dust pan with a child-sized brush that makes cleaning up even more thrilling. He started the task at hand by scooping out pieces of brown avocado and dried up chickpeas, he isn’t very good at getting things into the pan, so we broke out his FAVORITE TOY EVER, the handheld vac.
Since it’s a mineral based cleaner, I’m not going nuts if Eli gets some all over his hands, and am comfortable letting him use it to clean something he actually EATS off of. It does smell really, really good -- so just make sure they don’t try to snack on it.