How Young is Too Young for Chores?


Chores are a part of life. We all have them. Whether it is cleaning up after our toddlers, or doing their laundry, or clearing up after dinner.

If you are anything like me, you probably hate anything that has the word “cleaning” in it. Unless it is cleaning lady which I am still asking for!

But I always struggle with the right age to start introducing their own chores to my children. Is toddlerhood the time and place for it?

I mean, I am not going to sit them down and explain the concept of mopping the kitchen floor or how to clean our hardwood floors. I am talking about simple things like cleaning up their toys, putting their clothes in their laundry basket at the end of the night, or even just a quick vacuum with the hand held Dust Buster we have for quick vacuuming.

But I always struggle with this because I don’t want people to think I am making my toddler into a slave, or or that he is just way too young for chores or responsibility at all. I guess it is just a slippery slope of what works for one family may not necessarily work for another family right?

This is where my thoughts on parenting go right out the window and I ask others for their input and experiences. I want to know what you do in your house as far as chores! Do you start in toddlerhood? Do you have a chore chart? Do you reward your toddler for their help around the house with whatever needs to be done?

I have said before, and I will say again… I am no professional when it comes to this parenting stuff at all! I am doing my best just like we are all desperately trying to do right?

So all you parents of toddlers… dish!  What is chore protocol in your house?

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