One of the greatest things about toddlers and preschoolers is their willingness to help out around the house. To them, folding the wash cloths for mommy, or pushing a broom around the kitchen is a game, it’s fun. (Don’t we wish mommy felt like that about housework?)
Before our kids get too old to enjoy helping out around the house, we need to ask them to help, and build in them the habit of helping around the house. It’s important to remember that our two, three, and four-year olds will not be able to do tasks like we would do them (groceries won’t be categorized alphabetically when your toddler puts them away!), but that is OK!
Choose some things you can start asking your young kids to do to help you, model for them what you want them to do, and be sure to praise them for a job well done!
Here are some ideas of things toddlers and preschoolers can easily do to help mom and dad:
- Put groceries away in the pantry.
- Put dirty clothes in the hamper.
- Feed pets.
- Pick up toys, puzzles, games, and books and put them in a designated place.
- Put sorted clothes into the washing machine. (This seems boring to me, but Stinkbug loves to be the one to push the clothes I give him into the washer!)
- Dust at their level (shelves, coffee table, end tables, etc)
- Fold wash cloths, dish towels, and hand towels.
- Put their clean clothes away in drawers.
- Wipe mirrors, windows, and glass doors.
- Sweep the porch or balcony.
- Water plants.
- Empty the silverware compartment from the dishwasher.
- Set the table.
- Clear the table after a meal.
What do you ask your young children to do around the house?