At what age did all of you have your children start helping with chores and what chores did you have them start with?
We started ours with helping unload the dishwasher of plastic dishes and silverware at 18 months to 2 years. They can carry their clothes to their room and put them away with supervision. Helping pick up toys. Help unload the dryer into the laundry basket with mommy's help. Help make their bed with mommy's help. Ours needed help until they were about 4 and after that can do the above without any help. Kind of up to you when you want to start them. I like starting them when they are in that wanting to help stage because it sets them and you up for success in the chore department because it's always been expected.
My oldest is 4 and I am thinking about starting her doing chores. She wants to be helpful so she ends up being up my butt constantly. I could put her dresser back in her room and see how that goes for a week or so than start making her put her clothes away and let her pick her own clothes out. I don't have a dish washer so she can't really help much with dishes. We don't really have an eat in kitchen and no dining room so having her help set the table doesn't work either. She might be tall enough to run the vacuum here soon.
Yay! No more vaccuuming for you! Lol
She could dry dishes for you when you wash them, especially plastic ones. Just let her kneel on a chair or stand on a stool while you wash. She'll love the time with you and the ability to help. I switched where I put dishes so my little ones could help. Our plastic dishes are now in a bottom cupboard where my little ones can access them. Helping gives children a sense of accomplishment and like they have "work" to do too.
Theresa, you are brilliant. This sounds like a great plan for having everything flow smoothly. I imagine in a house as big as yours, that can be pretty important. I cannot even imagine the amount of laundry...
I had my oldest pick up her and little sis's toys at the end of the night because they were all in one area and there weren't that many. Also she takes her stuff to the laundry. We are potty training so I run a small load at the end of the night. I don't have enough laundry baskets but my mom said something about getting me a couple more when we get together here in a few weeks or so for Thanksgiving. She takes stuff to the garbage. Most of our garbage bags are too big for her to be able to take them out to the garbage barrel. She sometimes gets to help bring groceries in if there is something that isn't too heavy for her. She really wants to help in the kitchen but my kitchen isn't set up for her to be able to help. I end up tripping over her or she ends up getting hit by an elbow to the noggin if I don't realize she is there. She sneaks up on me sometimes.
pick up toys, put dirty cloth in a laundry basket -age 2, make your bed, water flowers, throw away garbage-age 5.
My kids had chores as soon as they turned 3 lol nothing huge just showing them how to put their toys away once they are done playing. now my son who is 6 he still does not have much except he has to keep his room clean, feed the fish and the dogs (which daddy will help with), set the table for dinner and help take out the trash.
I would honestly say... whenever they CAN help with something, you could start having them help.. am I right? Little by little.. then they can learn how much effort things take.. maybe :)
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