We are an “all-hands-on-deck” kind of family. With four kids, our house is rarely clean. It’s in a constant state of “in progress.” After our babies turned into toddlers, we quickly learned the importance of everyone pitching in and doing their part.
Our youngest kids are 2 and 3 years old. Even though they may be small in size, they contribute to 90 percent of the destruction in our house — so it’s only right that they help, however possible.
After everyone gets home from school, typically while I am cooking, we have chore time. While our tweens complain and gripe about the chores, our toddlers are happy to help. I know this attitude most likely won’t last forever, so we are enjoying it while it lasts.
Here are the 5 chores our toddlers do to help around the house:
1. Shoe Pick-Up
We have a little shelf in our laundry room for all of the kids’ everyday shoes. The toddlers know to gather up the shoes from downstairs and put them on the book shelf.
2. Trash Pick-Up
Every day there seems to be a huge toddler-created mess. On this day, the toddlers decided that the toilet paper no longer needed to be on the roll. Things like this are common in our house. Sometimes cereal no longer needs to be in the box, or wet wipes need out of their package. Messes like this get to be picked up by their creators: the toddlers! The older siblings usually help by holding a trash bag open, but we make the boys clean up the mess they created.
3. Dishes in the Sink
After a snack or meal, the toddlers put their dishes in the sink. We are working on getting trash into the trash can, rather than the sink… It’s a learning process.
4. Sweep it Up
The older toddler (3 years old) loves to help me sweep by doing the final sweep up. It’s not perfection by any means, but he doesn’t do too bad of a job — often times he’s better at it than his older siblings. I’ll take any help I can get!
5. Toy Roundup
Upstairs we have a playroom where the toys live but don’t stay. Every room has toys. So, we do a toy round up where the toddlers brings all the toys and create a pile. The older kids are then in charge of putting them up.
In addition to helping out the family, I want our kids to learn responsibility. If you make a mess, you clean it up. If you are a part of a team, you contribute. With our first set of kids, it was all play and no chores. The lesson I learned is having your kids help and allowing them to contribute to the bigger picture isn’t taking away from their childhood. It’s creating helpful human beings and adding a little bit more sanity in my life. And people — with four kids I need all the sanity I can get!
Do your toddlers help with chores?
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