Well, I unintentionally went a solid week without blogging. I have jotted down tons of ideas in my notes, but none were published. AllieBeth had a cousin friend over one day, grocery shopping day, errand day, and a trip to the state fair managed to consume this past week. Hopefully I will do better and post more frequently in the coming week.
I thought a post on toddler chores was a good idea and have made notes all week of what Allie has helped with.
I’m a bit of a control freak, so sitting back and letting her do things is really hard for me. It takes so much more time and effort to teach her to do something and more often than not, I still have to redo it. But I know my future self will be thankful. Thankful that I have a responsible and helpful child that knows it’s important to carry her own weight in managing our household and keeping it tidy.
So, here are the chores she’s able to do somewhat successfully. Keep in mind, she’s pretty mature for two and a half, so these may be better suited for a three year old. Or if your babe is super advanced, maybe a two year old. Even if your child isn’t this age, it’s definitely a good build-able list.
- Help make the beds– We have her bed and my bed to make each morning. She usually helps me to pull the pillows off and put them back on (or hand them to me) when I have it made.
- “Sweeping”– The Swiffer is your best friend. Pull out the two center pieces for a more height appropriate sweeper. When she’s finished, she loves to see just how dirty she got the pad. Note: I only let her use the dry clothes because the wet ones would result in little girl foot prints all over my house!
- Brush teeth– She’s been on tons of medicines that were horrible for her teeth, so I always go behind her to be safe. None the less, I want her to get into the habit of doing this at least morning and night.
4. Picking out clothes and shoes– I usually give her a few options to choose from and she decides what she wants to wear the following day. With a little help, she can successfully dress herself including putting shoes on.
- Vacuum– We have a rainbow vacuum that can be made smaller and fits her height perfectly. This is one of her favorites because it makes her feel like a big girl. I usually go behind her, but with help changing attachments, she can vacuum the floor and the couch.
- Picks up– She puts clothes in the hamper, toys in the toy box, trash to the can, shoes in her room. Just overall picking up after herself.
- Checks the mail– She goes with me to the mailbox each day to check the mail. On trash days we also roll the can to the road together.
- Pick up limbs– She loves to be outside so picking up limbs is fun for her. We have two huge water oaks in our yard that cause limbs everywhere. We pick them up and stack at the road for the town to clean up.
- Fold wash clothes and hand towels- This may be a bit surprising, but she is really good at folding small towels. I taught her to lay them flat and match the corners.
- Set the table– She is in charge of taking up the place mats and putting out plates and napkins just before supper is ready. I usually fix everyone’s plate so it is a bit unnecessary, but it’s more about the principle and making it a habit.
- Dust– I give her a damp cloth to wipe down the coffee table, side tables, and anything else she sees. I don’t add any cleaner because of the chemicals, but a little water does the trick.
As she gets older, this list will change. Some will be passed on to her younger sister, while more “big girl chores” will be added to her list.
Stay tuned for a post about how we document her daily chores!