I have done a few blogs about things I do to teach skills towards fostering independence in Gess. Last year I told you about things that I have done for Gess in the kitchen when she was younger and last April I shared how Gess was learning to do the laundry and other chores. At that time Gess was washing her play dishes because I worried about her breaking glass and I wanted to make sure she learned to do a thorough job. Well, she has mastered it! There are still a few flimsy dishes I set aside but if I need dishes done, all I have to do is get the water ready and put her to it! I can't tell you how helpful it is to have a child old enough and skilled enough to help with the dishes! (Yes, we still live in the stone ages and therefore don't own a dishwasher!) Here is my girl working hard. I am so proud of her!