Most young children love to copy what mum and dad are doing. So you better be careful not to do anything dodgy around them! 😉
On a more serious note, it’s great to take advantage of this time when they have an interest in helping. If we include our children in daily chores the child learns that they are an important member of the team and that everyone has a part to play in the running of the household. A child can learn to be responsible for their own tidiness rather than have everything done for them. Later on when they can do the job on their own without assistance, they will demonstrate self control as they happily do their little jobs each day.
My daughter loves it when it’s time to take the rubbish out. I can almost use it as a distraction when she is in a bad mood or feeling sooky. I can say, “Ok lets take the rubbish out!” and it’s all smiles again (usually).
It is definitely more time consuming including your toddler in the daily chores, but the time invested in teaching them at an early age will pay off later. It is best to work on one thing at a time and gradually raise the standard, being positive about their progress during what will be a long learning process. We recently worked on our daughter bringing the remote control to us. Now we are reaping the rewards when we can stay seated on the couch 😂.
Do the job together at first then once they get the gist of it allow them to do it on their on, giving lots of praise and eventually the child will be able to do the job to your standard. In the mean time, redo the job when the child isn’t looking. For example if your toddler was wiping spilt milk of the ground and there are still smears of milk afterwards, congratulate them and wipe it off yourself when they go to brush their teeth!
Some days are better than others of course but persistence pays off.
A child 1 – 2 years old might learn to:
- Wipe spills or messes with a wipe
- Put a piece of rubbish in the bin
- Help mum carry garbage bags to outside bins
- Scoop formula into cup
- Turn light switch on/off
- Pack away toys into basket
- Stack books away
- Brush teeth
- Wipe face
- Hang up towel
- Load/unload washing machine/dryer
- Hang out small clean laundry items like socks and jocks
- Take clean folded washing to bedrooms
- Bring an item to the parent when asked
A child 2 – 3 years old might learn to:
- Make a sandwich
- Cut up a piece of fruit
- Clear the table
- Wipe the table
- Sweep the floor
- Pull up bed covers
- Get dressed with little help
- Begin to sort clean washing, fold socks or separate socks and underwear
After 3 years children can do many tasks like load the dishwasher, fold laundry, put clothes into draws etc.
Happy cleaning ☺️