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Three Fun Chores a Toddler Can Help With (Moms’ 30-Minute Blog Challenge)

This week as I sat down to write my post for Steady Mom’s 30 Minute Blog Challenge, I thought of sharing something that I’ve been experimenting with lately. Getting my two and a half year old to help out while having fun too. Here’s what I’ve learnt – Chores don’t need to be tiresome.  In fact, they are a great way of encouraging independence, fostering a sense of responsibility and having fun with your toddler. 

Here are the three “homey” tasks that my toddler and I have been doing together every day for the last month or so.

  Making the Bed

 This is usually reserved for holidays and weekends since on other days, the little one heads to playschool after breakfast. So, on days when we do the bed together, her task is to take all the cushions and pillows and put them away. She also, holds (read, drags) her blankey and waits for me to dust and straighten the sheets and then, gives it to me to fold. Lately, she’s also been trying to help with straightening the sheets but that hasn’t been too successful. **laughing**

 Putting Toys Away

 We’ve been doing this mom-toddler chore ever since she turned two. However, now she puts away most of the toys and I just have to be around to gently guide her to the right container. On holidays and weekends, she has two play times – in the morning post breakfast for about an hour or so and then, in the evening, after her nap again for an hour or so.

 Hanging Out the Laundry 

 As I’d mentioned in my last post, we line dry our laundry and this is yet another fun toddler chore that our daughter loves to help with. We take the bucket filled with the clothes and head to the balcony where she picks up one item at a time and hands it to me.

She loves being in the balcony and since we don’t let her go out there alone, she enjoys the time we spend there hanging out clothes. Oh yeah, she also, takes the dry clothes inside and puts them on the bed.

  Doing chores with toddlers is super-fun. Sure, the task may take a little longer (okay, a lot longer) but your little one is learning an important life skill – helping others. Plus, you’re having fun while getting things done as well. What could be better?
 

Your turn! What chores does your toddler help you with? What are your thoughts on encouraging toddlers to help with stuff around the home? I’d love to learn more, so do share!

 This post is part of the Moms’ 30-Minute Blog Challenge hosted by Jamie of Steady Mom, every Tuesday. A complete post in 30 minutes, from start to finish. Join in!

 Photo Credit: Abigail Batchelder

Prerna


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Comments

  1. What an excellent post. I have been trying to think of things to get my 2.5 yr old involved in because she always wants to help (which is a big change from my older child). Thanks for sharing your ideas

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Stacy, thank you for visiting. Glad you liked the ideas. Do keep us posted if you use any of them. Warmly, Prerna

  2. Yes! I agree! Doing chores with toddlers takes a lot more time but it´s so much fun too!
    I allow my little one to do the non breakable dishes, to sweep the floor and to clean the table with a cloth after eating. The older ones do their beds (weekends) and literally love doing the laundry… seeing them enjoying that much with a task I feel a bit of a burden is great… Four fun creative artistic men in a house make a big contribution to the laundry-fenix-monster-pile which I defeat every morning and see emerging back from “ashes” every evening. To my surprise, my two older boys are completely enthusiastic about the whole process and they even “beg” me to do the laundry together. God keep them in that good track all their lives! Laundry is a must. Make laundry your joy and you´ll find joy walking by your side every single day of your life!
    Love, Fernanda

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Fernanda, thank you so much for sharing. What lovely ideas! I can surely let her try to wipe her high chair table clean, she still can’t reach our adult dining table and also, involve her in drying the unbreakable dishes. And I love the term “laundry-fenix”.. I just have the one man and one toddler and I still have a monster everyday:-) Thanks again, Prerna

  3. oh! Here you can see the little one doing the dishes!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedis3deseos/5000238088/
    Love, Fernanda

  4. I love this! My 4 year old makes her bed most days and both the 4 and 2 1/2 year old like to help make our bed (with the assumption they can jump on it after, bad mommy).

    They like matching socks, folding laundry, changing sheets, and even putting away the dishes from the dishwasher. What’s the favorite chore? Mopping. I have to micromanage turn-taking on that one :)

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Victoria, glad you liked the post! Matching socks. Now that is another thing that I can have her help me with. I haven’t experimented with mopping floors since we do it differently here in India but the rest I can surely add on as we go along. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I totally agree with you on getting the kids to do chores as a way to develop independence. When my kids were in traditional school, and totally overloaded with homework, we didn’t have them do very many chores. It was activities and school and that’s all that we had time for.

    Now that we homeschool, they start the day with chores and help with things throughout the day. It is so great for them, for me and for the family.

    Thanks for encouraging others to try this.

    Kim
    http://www.confabulicious.com

  6. Hi Prerna!
    You are really cracking those 30-minutes post like crazy. :) Great job! I’m impressed how you’re getting your toddler to help with the chores. I don’t think that I was that successful in getting my toddler to help out that much. You make it sound like everything is a lot of fun. I love that about you.
    Wonderful practical tips! Loving blessings!

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Andrea, glad you liked the post. The 30-minute posts are a weekly meme hosted by Steady Mom and really helps me stay focused and write quickly:-)

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