Chores are a great way of teaching responsibility. When they see mommy and daddy working around the house, they often want to help. Sometimes, I think it’s just easier if I do it myself. But, I need to let them help so they will be willing (or somewhat) later on. Keep it simple and let them know you are glad they helped!
Chores For Toddlers
- Picking up toys. This is a no brainer. If they make the mess they should help clean it up. Easier said than done. Sometimes getting them to pick up after themselves is a chore in itself! Make it a game- who can pick up the toys the fastest!
- Helping out with the laundry. Kids can sort laundry into colors, they can get all the dirty clothes from each room (or just a few), they can take the clothes out of the dryer- both of my kids love doing this! Just have a laundry basket right in front of the dryer and have them take the clothes out and into the basket while you are loading the washer.
- Feeding the pets. This is my daughters chore and she takes pride in doing it. Messes are to be expected, for water, they can put it in a small watering can and into the bowl.
- Watering plants. Make sure things aren’t around that water could hurt. If you are watering outdoor plants, let em have at it!
Chores for Older Children
- Dusting. This is a fairly easy one. Give your child a sock for her hand or a duster and let them have a blast. If you are worried about breakables, move them to a safe place before they start.
- Setting and clearing the table. Most kids are eager to help with this job. You can make it easier by having placemats to show where the plate and utensils go. You can find them on OurayToys.com for 3 dollars. Using paper plates and utensils will help avoid breakage. After the family eats, they can help clean up.
- Folding and putting away the laundry. Im not saying you need to have your kids fold an entire basket of laundry, but they could each fold their own and put it away. It might not be just right, but at least they are trying.
Chore charts also help. You can download some for free at http://www.goalforit.com/landing/chore-charts.html?gclid=CPmY15jRvJoCFRabnAod0FnGcA You can even create your own custom charts for older kids too!