Wicked Wednesday #4: Appreciating what we can, when we can

Another short mid-week post inspired by Brummy Mummy of 2’s Wicked Wednesdays ‘linky’.

This week’s photo is all about appreciating whatever we can, whenever we can.

At the moment I have a constant battle with my toddlers who are always trying to ‘help’ me empty the tumble dryer and/or the washing machine.  Outwardly at least I am (generally) very patient and calm with them about this.  I know they are just being curious about the world around them (even if it’s curiosity about my undies!)….Also one day, when they are teenagers, I may well be begging them for this help and it may not be so forthcoming.  However, inwardly I can sometimes feel incredibly frustrated about seeing all my clean washing being strewn around the kitchen floor (and sometimes further afield) AGAIN.

So…. when I found our eldest child, for the first time EVER, taking it upon himself to empty the dryer in order to help me one morning, I was so appreciative I took a photo and sent it to his Daddy at work.  And here is the photo 🙂


This use of initiative and willingness to help without being asked may not happen again for a while.  In fact we may well just be back to  the twins’ version of ‘helping me’ out from now on.  However, I am appreciative that one busy weekday morning my 5-year old son had the thought and kindness to do a chore in order to ‘lighten my load’.

One for the gratitude log I think, especially as according to the scientists by logging the appreciative feeling the pleasure is prolonged.

What small thing has one of your nearest and dearest done over the last few days that you have appreciated?


Two Tiny Hands
The Pramshed


  1. Em
    June 30, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    How special and thanks for the trigger. For the first time in quite a few years I mistakenly ate gluten last night and felt awful – I was in bed before the kids. My son thoughtfully gave me white bear which was very reassuring and my little girl sat and stroked my forehead until I fell asleep. I will remember their love for a long time xxxx

    • July 1, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Oh no poor you Em. Hope you’re feeling 100% now but how lovely of your two to be so kind and considerate. xx

  2. July 2, 2016 / 6:21 am

    oh that’s so sweet, bless him.
    My toddler tries to “help” but just ends up getting in the way and making the task that much longer.

  3. July 2, 2016 / 9:14 am

    This is so sweet – what a lovely picture. My toddler does try to help but usually after she has spilt the pack on blueberries on the floor…but like you I try to stay calm and teach her that we have to pick them up now. Such a great reminder x #abrandnewday

  4. July 2, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Good effort dude! can he come over to do mine please? thanks for sharing #wickedwednesday

    • July 4, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      Ha ha – yes I’ll start to hire him out! x

  5. July 2, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Aw lovely! My two help occasionally….and only about 40% of the time I have to ask. Always nice when they do it #wickedwednesday

  6. twotinyhands
    July 2, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Awww, that’s great! What a chap he is… It’s always the unexpected that makes me smile the most, I love a good cuddle out of the blue! Thanks for sharing with #abrandnewday… I love wicked Wednesday, haven’t been in a while!

    • July 4, 2016 / 9:14 pm

      Ooo yes being given a spontaneous cuddle is the best – especially when the toddler backs on to your lap and ‘plonk’ themselves down. x

  7. alisonlonghurst
    July 3, 2016 / 8:18 am

    I love it when the kids take the initiative and at 5 years old that is great. My teenage girls do occasionally, but generally they have to be asked. Initiative isn’t really a word associated with teenagers, but they are often very willing if I ask the to cook, for example. A photo to treasure. Alison X #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. July 4, 2016 / 4:14 am

    Ah bless! Amazing! Thanks so much for linking up to Wicked Wednesdays. I can’t wait to see what you have got lined up for me next week! x

  9. July 7, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    That is so cute, I can’t wait for the day that my daughter starts helping me round the house. I’m already telling her what I’m doing when I put the washing on and unload the dishwasher, plus she loves the hoover – I hope that’s a sign of things to come. As you say it’ll probably all go out the window once she’s a teenager. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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