Yup, get those little kiddos involved in chores. Start ’em young, that way it will be less of a “chore” and more of a way of life. That’s my hope anyway, since I am only on my first round of parenting (times two – that’s the twin part).
Here are the tools you will need to get your toddlers involved in chores:
1. A Cappy.
What is a Cappy, and where will you get one? Well, I will tell you that they are not available online or in stores. You might find them in the backyard or up a ladder, or fishing or showing you how to do chores. They are quite old (ooooh, dangerous territory here!) but look and act younger than they are – and they are usually two generations removed from their grandkids (in this case the toddlers). So Yes, a Cappy is a grandfather, and hopefully you are lucky enough to have one of your very own.
This is how Cappy taught my toddlers to do chores. Cappy needed to remove the fallen sticks in his backyard, and was quite happy doing it. But he made it look like too much fun, when he started throwing them into the brush, and before you know it the twins were involved and tossing the sticks into the brush.
Exclaims of “It’s a big one” could be heard from the twins, followed by “Yes, a big one” from Cappy. This went on for almost an hour as they boys helped Cappy clean up the back yard, and the same two lines of conversation went back and forth
Our twins like to be helpful, as I’m sure most kids do at this age. They enjoy praise and enjoy mastering their environment. This is the perfect situation for adding in chores. They learn skills and get positive reinforcement.
My toddler twins help with the following chores – so here is a list of toddler friendly chores:
– Emptying and filling the dishwasher
– Cooking food (stirring, measuring, counting out ingredients. This is what the boys were helping with last summer :))
– Vacuuming (although they get distracted with this one, lol!)
–Taking out the trash (they help me hold the bag, while I carry it)
– Throwing their food and wrappers in the trash.
They are still working on cleaning up after themselves, but hey they are only 2 1/4 years old.
I must sound like a drill sergeant, but really the kids enjoy helping out. And hopefully, as I mentioned before that this will just be a way of life and not a real “chore”.
What do you think? Do your kids help out around the house? Do you think this is appropriate at this age? I’d love to hear from you.
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