Have you considered giving your toddler chores?
Well, I recently started giving Kitana chores because I feel she’s old enough to help with little things at home. Toddlers mess so toddlers can clean too!
At first, I felt like an evil mother making my child pick up toys and shoes but then I realised that I’m teaching her to be responsible and I could see she would think twice before dropping a box of blocks on the floor. She started to realise that if she messes, she will have to clean and not mommy.
I try to make some chores fun by asking her colours and letting her count while she picks up the toys or shoes. I’m sure when she gets bigger she wouldn’t enjoy chores but for now its working!
Starting a routine from an early age is important. You actually making them do chores without realising it. Kitana cannot set her own bed yet but she can dress herself, brush her teeth and hair. I think we on a good start, these flash cards really do help!
The key to chores for toddlers is to keep it simple.
1. Get Dressed/Undressed
My daughter loves taking out her clothes to get ready for bath time. We let her put the dirty clothes in the laundry basket and throw the dirty nappy in the bin. She’s learnt to put on her own pants, jacket and shoes. We working on the top…
2. Watering plants
My daughter loves water and she would make any excuse possible to get her tiny fingers in a glass.
3. Feeding the pets
My daughter helps me feed the fish. She feels super important and gets so excited.
4. Help keep laundry away
Toddlers are actually good listeners, you just have to repeat yourself like 5 times… but they end up doing it. Let them help you keep the socks and shirts away.
5. Clean their room
At first I used to pick up toys every afternoon but after a while it got to me! I decided to get Kitana involved and now we both clean the room together after play time.
6. Stirring and Pouring
Most toddlers love spending time in the kitchen with pots and pans. Kitana loves cooking so I call her to assist me when I’m baking.
7. Sweep the floor
I think this is the most exciting chore for my daughter! She has a tiny broom to sweep her mess.
My daughter loves wet wipes and immediately wipes her mess if she drops food/liquid.
9. Assist with small items
They can assist with small items like keeping the TV remotes in place or taking their plastic plate and cup to the kitchen.
10. Carrying small bags or items after shopping
Carrying a loaf of bread or your small handbag into the house after shopping.
Everything I mentioned above is what I started doing with Kitana. I’d love to hear about the type of chores you let your child do and how it works in your home.
The best way to teach toddlers is to show them first, encourage and assist them. You have to be patience and remember to always shower them with praise.