A simple trick for getting kids to put their dishes in dishwasher… too easy

How many times have you reminded your kids to put their dishes in the dishwasher?  If its anything like my household you will of lost count.  So recently after chatting to a friend I came away with an idea I introduced straight away.  It was so simple and so effective I could hardly believe my luck.  A clean bench was finally in sight!

So as with everything with kids it usually takes some kind of incentive or consequence to produce change.  In this instance all I had to do (and follow through on) was tell them that if I find their plate or bowl on the bench then they have to load that along with any other dishes that are waiting to go in as well.  You have to laugh when you see what a dreaded consequence this is (usually only 5 or so other dishes), so terrible the 9 year old lightheartedly described it as torture .  Well the torture is working and the mess is half what it was after breakfast and dinner.  Its a win / win either way… if they remember great and if not you get the rest of the dishes stacked too!

While writing this I thought I’d add in another little thing we have in place to minimise dishes… a different coloured cup for each child  which lives on the bench. That way when they have 10 drinks through out the day you don’t end up with 10 different glasses and can just throw one in the dishwasher at the end of the day!

I love getting little tips from other parents, please comment with any of your ideas below.