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