Things my 2 and 4 years old kids do that makes it easier for me
I have a two years old daughter who wants to be as independent as my four years old son. So why not let them help when they still want to. This does not included basic things such as putting toys away. It is not about perfection, it is about helping. They always ask to help because they feel like a "big" kid not because they get any type of reward.
- •1. They carry their own clothes, water cups, and snacks in small book bags when we go to the zoo.
- •2. My son rinses off the dishes after meals(we have a two step stool). He puts them in the dishwasher but it is usually just randomly placed on the bottom rack.
- •3. The kids switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer with supervision.
- •4. They make their own beds.
- •5. Separates laundry by who it belongs to, then by type. Matches socks like it is a game.
- •6. Puts groceries away into cabinets and pantry. Included refridgerator items. My daughter just holds the fridge door open so my son puts everything away into the drawers. Teamwork.
- •7. Puts recycling into bigger outdoor bins supervised.
- •8. Recycles with me at recycling center when we accumulate enough plastic and glass bottles
- •*Not only has it helped with chores, but as I gave them more responsibilities their behaviors improved. They get along better and have very few tantrums(there are still standard ones, such as when tired or hungry)