We focus A LOT in our house about how we’re a family and a family works together to help each other out. This is in fact one of my parenting goals that I have listed down. Doing simple chores is just one way to put this goal into practice and hopefully create a good habit that we’ll reap the benefits of in the future!
It’s been awhile since I’ve added any new responsibilities to J’s week. I got lazy with early pregnancy. Now that the nesting stage has hit, I’m trying to introduce some things that will hopefully help in the future. Note that he’s just learning which means these new chores take longer to complete right now. He’s also still in the stage of finding them fun (I try to make it a game). I try to enjoy this because he does get to the point where mom must require it with some chores. The older chores (that’s he’s had for a year or so) he is now capable of completing on his own without my help. This is a great stage to work towards!!
1. We sort. I typically bring down all the laundry baskets from the bedrooms and J helps me sort the clothes into 4 different piles (darks, whites, mediums, and reds). This is great sorting practice by the way. We work together on this task for now. He does a great job, but does randomly come across something he isn’t sure where it belongs. I’m sure he could’ve even done this at an earlier age, though likely with a little more direction on my part. Me being there also helps encourage him to stay on task. He can get distracted by naming who wears each particular article of clothing or trying to find a match to a sock. I would venture most 2 years olds could manage this activity with mom or dad working alongside them.
2. He helps to put the dirty clothes into the washing machine. I have a frontloader which makes this very easy for him. His favorite part is pushing the buttons!
3. He helps transfer the wet clothes into the dryer (and again pushes the buttons).
4. He helps me fold the clean laundry. Sort of. As of now, his job is to separate all the socks and then to sort them into piles for mommy’s, daddy’s, and J’s. When we wash towels, we’re starting to work on folding the washcloths but there’s still a lot of learning with this one!
Please note that this doesn’t always look pretty. I’ve found that things run the smoothest if I stick to my routine (choretime after breakfast and before play). If I randomly call him for chores, his attention span doesn’t last as long. He also doesn’t help load each color. If he’s nearby, he wants to help (so he can push the buttons) or I call him to help. I do it on my own if he’s playing in his room, with dad, or napping.
Age attempted: 33 months
Here are some of my other “My Little Helper” posts. More to come as I take advantage of nesting!!