Some kind of help is the kind of help that helping's all about...

Most days when my in-laws come to the house to watch my son, they take him out shopping. Sometimes, though, they stay at the house for the whole day. And my mother-in-law gets bored. So she may do some laundry or clean the dishes in the sink. Which is nice, since I don't have a lot of free time and having the housework done by someone else leaves me more time to do what I need or want to do. I don't want to be ungrateful... On the other hand, I realize that I am spending almost as much time compensating for what she does as I would spend doing the cleaning myself. I was going crazy trying to find DS1's track pants for his ice skating lesson, only to find them later in DD's dresser drawer. She also has most of his socks. But that's OK, because he's got her blue sweatpants (from her gym uniform) and her jean skirt is mixed in with his jeans. I removed all of the shirts from both of the boys' drawers and re-sorted them appropriately, since each of them has each other's stuff. I can't find the cheese grater or any of the snack cups that were in the dish drainer before she last did the dishes, and most of the stuff she put in the drainer needed to go in the dishwasher again anyway. DH just shakes his head and tells me that she means well, it makes her happy to feel like she's helping out. ..and some kind of help is the kind of help we all can do without.


Anonymous nic said...

I actually have an idea that might help...remember the dots on our socks? You could dot the tags in the clothes...one dot is DD, two dots DS1, that way when the clothes are handed down you just add a dot. But if MIL is paying so much attention that she put a skirt in the DS1's dresser, that might not work.

1/18/2006 5:36 PM  
Blogger MamaKaren said...

Dotting the tags would require her to pay attention to the tags. If she were to pay attention to the tags, she would realize that she was putting a size 4T pair of pants into her size 7/8 granddaughter's dresser.

I can sort of defend the skirt thing, but only because a folded denim skirt can easily be mistaken for jeans.

1/20/2006 11:32 AM  

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