I grew up doing chores every Saturday. As far back as I can remember, I was responsible for my own space and mess. Because of this, I felt very prepared and independent when I left for college (unlike many girls I knew who didn’t know how to load a dishwasher, do laundry, or even clean a sink and mirror!). I was grateful for this, and it helped influence what kind of mother I wanted to be. I always knew I’d have my children do chores throughout the week, but I didn’t know when to start training them.
Well, Rhys decided he wanted to start his chore training a few months ago. I typically scrub the house every Friday, and he would follow me around, wanting to “play the games” Momma was “playing.” So, he’d “sweep”, “help” with laundry, and explore the dishwasher. I decided to help him learn how to do some chores “properly.”
As of today, Rhys helps me sweep and swiffer the floors, empty the dishwasher, pick up his toys, throw away his diapers, do some scrubbing, and do the laundry. Of course, he is only 15 months old, and can’t do any of these by himself, nor properly, but he is learning the concept. And that is the important part. It is helping him learn what is part of the family’s routine, learn responsibility, and gain confidence in his own abilities.
I’ve decided to share a few of my tips on how to have your toddler help you with chores.