Anna is at that age where she wants to help with everything. The dishes being her favorite thing to do - well that and watering the flowers. When we do the dishes we have gone from using the dishwasher to doing it the old fashion way. When doing them in the dishwasher not only were we using a ton of extra energy and not always getting them very clean but Anna would always want to climb into the dishwasher causing me extra stress. So now we do them in the sink and I keep a large bowl in the sink we are rinsing in and she can help dip the cups and stuff or sometimes she will "bathe" her baby while I do the dishes. It is a lot less stressful, doesn't take that much extra time and it gives us some time together doing something useful!!! So that works for us go HERE for more great tips!!!