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4 Responses to Children and Chores

  1. Emily B  

    This is SO TRUE. We actually moved Baz’s cups and dishes and silverware down to a cabinet he could reach so that he can put them away and retrieve them as needed (we also have water station set up so he doesn’t have to rely on us when he’s thirsty.) And the sense of pride he has when he’s able to do things himself – why *wouldn’t* you want that for your child?

  2. Janine  

    Great tips, and I love the bit about not going over their work to make it perfect. That is important for spouses and roommates too! If you go over what they do, they will just as well let you do it yourself the next time.

    I love watching my 2-year-old model my cleaning. He is actually practiced enough to clean up drink spills without any assistance or even prompting. Unfortunately he isn’t too keen on putting his own toys away without some incentive. Funny how as soon as there is something to gain he suddenly knows what I’m talking about when I ask him to put something away! Shocked at how early that develops. But hey, ya gotta look out for number one. 😉

  3. Momma Jorje  

    Good tips. It can be so hard to let it go when it isn’t done to your own standards, but I agree that it is so important not to follow behind re-doing stuff.

  4. Molly

    My 14-month-old knows to wipe spills with a towel and to put his clothes in the hamper. My 3-year-old puts her dishes in the sink and helps put laundry away. Chores are a part of our daily lives and doing them with a positive attitude is something we encourage.