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Old 08-25-2014, 07:51 PM

RE: kids chores?

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My little guy is a few months shy of 2 years old and he's starting to learn his "jobs". He won't get any allowance, of course, but is learning that he has to help pick up his toys each night and help to clean up messes as they happen.

He has loved brooms and mops since he could walk and always goes to get them when we go into the laundry room. I cut a dollar store broom and mop handle in half and now he has his own, and every day he uses them to "clean" up. He'll steal baby wipes and use them to wipe off his toys or the wall or whatever strikes his fancy. So he's learning.

It will be a while before he actually has real kitchen chores, but he's already standing on a chair next to me at the kitchen sink "rinsing" the dishes as I wash them. That often leads to several bowls or cups full of water being poured on the floor. Good thing we have lots of towels.

So I'm not sure that he's actually contributing to the house being cleaner, but he's learning early how to do the things he'll need to do when he has to. I expect his jobs later on will be helping to clean up the kitchen, helping with meals that don't require the stove or oven, feeding the dogs and cats, and making sure his toys are put away.
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