Jellybean has started to improve with cleanliness. He occasionally picks up his toys without being nagged (repeatedly) and he likes to help clear the table and wash his hands after a meal. (He isn't always keen on washing them BEFORE a meal, but we're getting there!)
Today, for lunch, he had noodles. This is always a messy affair - first he must hand pick all the veg out of the noodles and eat them - then he tries to eat the noodles with a fork but will generally give up and, even at the grand old, recently achieved age of three, cram them in by the fistful.
I'm ok with that - table manners are for adults, and if he's eating and enjoying it so far that's what matters to me. It gets a bit messy, but it's just mess, it cleans up - and he is a super little helper!
So he ate his noodles, then he climbed down under the table ("Please I can get down now, Mummy?") and he picked up all the noodles he and Midget Gem had dropped and popped them into a bowl, then he said he was going to wash his hands. I said I'd help him in a minute, once I'd put the plates in the dishwasher.
Off he toddled into the bathroom, and then appeared happily a few minutes later with damp hands and a big, proud grin.
"I have cleaned myself all up, Mummy!"
"How did you reach the taps without my help darling?"
"Oh, I didn't - I couldn't reach, so I had a wash in the toilet. Can I have a yogurt?"