How do you get your children to help around the house? Well, you begin by teaching them when they’re still toddlers.
It’s usually easier to just do chores by yourself than to teach your three-year-old how to help. But when they’re young is the time to start sowing seeds of responsibility. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth the effort.
Start by giving your toddler age-appropriate chores, like feeding the dog or cat. Give them a cup for measuring food and water, so they don’t overdo it. And when you bathe your pet, let them help.
They can also set the table. When they’re really young, just use plastic plates and cups. It makes cleaning up easier anyway. When you’re done, teach them how to clear the table and wipe it down. Before long they’ll be old pros in the kitchen, just like you.
*This post is by our friends at Focus on the Family Australia. For more great ways to raise responsible kids visit www.families.org.au