Friday, October 10, 2014
Day 10: 31 Days of Toddler Chores
So when I found today's series, I was really excited. Nikki over at Intentional Homeschool did a great 31 day series back in 2013: 31 Days of Toddler Chores.
I love the fact that Nikki starts this series by first addressing why toddlers should do chores, then proceeds to give us 25 days of chores that toddlers can do. Now let's be realistic, a toddler may not do the best job at it, but it's something!
Just this past weekend, Sunday evening to be exact, I looked at my sweet dear husband sitting on the sofa as I was trying to pick up every item in my house that was out of place. I decided that I was only going to pick up for 10 minutes, then I would be done...just done! I WAS going to relax and enjoy just a few minutes snuggling beside him on that comfortable while my girls played. And the thought occurred to me that I could get a lot more picked up if I had 4 hands versus 2, so I ever-so-sweetly asked my husband for a "10-Minute Pick Up." Then, Emmalee came in the room and I decided 6 hands would be even better than 4. So we deiced to establish the Williams Family 10-Minute Pick-up!
It was GREAT. Emmalee at first at me like I was insane, probably because my eyes were about to pop out of my head from sheer joy at the whole family's (minus the infant) participation in cleaning the house, but she quickly bounced into action picking up her shoes, toys, clothes, and anything else we asked her to do. It was fantastic! After 10 minutes, we all felt a huge sense of accomplishment, and this momma was beyond thrilled! The next night after bath time it was daddy who said "Okay, time for 10-minute pick-up" and again we all helped get the house before we all went to bed.
It was during all of this that I think I realized that my 3- year old is quite capable of chores. She needs to learn responsibility and a hard work ethic, and now is the best time to begin instilling these principles in her.
So I hope you enjoy Nikki's series as much as I did! If you have any other chores that your child does, or that have been helpful in your home, PLEASE let me know! I'd love to know how your toddler helps you!