Isabelle used to watch me load the washing machine around the time she started talking. In an effor to teach her about doing laundry and practice talking, I used to repeat the same three phrases after I loaded the clothes into the washing machine.
Me: First, you add the detergent, which makes the clothes…
Me: Next, you add the fabric softener, which gets the clothes…
Me: Finally, you add the color bleach, which keeps the clothes…
Once all of the liquids were loaded, we started the machine together.
Not much has changed now that Ari is here. He, too, likes to watch me load the washing machine. I’ve still got the same schtick, but he isn’t completing my sentences — yet.
Today, we added one more step to the laundry process. I encouraged Ari to help unload the dryer once it dinged. He was happy to oblige.
As you can see, he needs some practice getting the clothes in the laundry basket.