Sunday, August 19, 2012

why I wash dishes by hand

 Doing dishes is so much more than a chore. For me it is a time to get to know my children, or in yesterday's case; my husband. There is something almost "magical" that happens when you are working together with someone. Kids, especially teens; start to open up and share what they are feeling. This is part of the reason why I choose to wash dishes by hand.

I do not wash all of the dishes by hand. I usually put the cups, plates, and silverware in the dishwasher. I love that it sanitizes them. The pots, pans, bowls, knives, stirring spoons, spatulas etc. I hand wash. I hate that these big items take up so much room, and I hate using so much energy and water, not to mention the cost of soap to run the dishwasher.
This system works for us, I started letting my little boy help me when he was just over a year and a half. He would stand on a chair and watch. It began as a way to keep tabs on him. If he was helping me, I knew he was not sitting on top of his new baby sister. He got to where he could help more and more. Now he is nearly seven and he can do most of it by himself. Yes, it takes extra time to wash the dishes rather than throw them all in the dishwasher and hit run. The time involved is an investment in us. It is teaching the kids the value of work. It is teaching them the value of family. It is teaching them to be independent. The list could go on and on. For us we will continue in the tradition because I know how important it is to our family.

 Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

I have written several other posts about loving and teaching the children. Some of my favorite are linked below. Thanks for coming by, and come back soon.

5 love languages love them in a way they understand

blessing other lives with the kids in tow


when values are challenged

what is simple living


  1. I just remodeled my kitchen and reluctantly added a dishwasher. My husband said it will make the kitchen more appealing if we sell the home -- but I swear it will never get my skillet cleaner than I do when I wash it by hand!! If only I could get my 7-year-old son to help... :)
    Kristen @ Trial and Error Homemaking

  2. Thank you for this. My kids love washing dishes—I should let them do it more often.

  3. What a wonderful opportunity for precious family time! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for linking up at SAST! This is a great idea of sharing one-on-one time with those in your family. Years ago, before the kids came, my husband and I would take turns washing the dishes while the other read scriptures out loud. I enjoyed this time to talk about important things together and learn more about each other.

  5. Thank you for linking!!! We do not have a dishwasher (hubby jokes it's me) and sometimes I'm frusturated by the amount of time washing (cook from scratch a lot). This is a new refreshing perspective-great addition to faithfully parenting friday link up!

  6. hi, led by your illustration ... :) I hope it is okay to use it with back link. Thanks :)

  7. Grooming and washing and cooking are one of the hard but everyday tasks, and we have to do all three things throughout the day. However, most foods have been duplicated and I no longer know what new foods to make.

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