Back in May or maybe June, our dishwasher developed a problem. It would continually try to add water. It is as if the inlet valve never closes. After some online research, it seems like a fairly common problem and probably related to our hard water.
Well, rather than bite the bullet on the repair, we employed our summer army (aka the three kiddos) with a rotating dish schedule. It worked relatively well for the summer but now that school has started, the army is busy with schoolwork and extra curricular activities. That means that Mom gets to wash a lot more dishes. But I have discovered that if I draft one of the kids to be my helper, I get quite a lot accomplished. Not only do I have clean and dry dishes, I also have an extended period of time in which to talk with the child. And that is a gift!
Today I worked with my youngest DD. She opened up about things happening at school and asked questions I might not have heard had it not been just me and her.