With Karrington growing and learning new things, we are also growing as parents. It was a few weeks ago when we decided that it was time to introduce Karrington to chores. We don't have a chore list or a spreadsheet or anything too serious. We just want her to be able to be responsible for her 3 year old part in the house.
Place dirty clothes in laundry basket
Pick up all toys
Help with her laundry (pictures below)
Dirty Clothes - this is an end of the day duty and is pretty simple. She is to make sure that her clothes from the day do not end up on the floor or stuffed in a drawer, but instead in the laundry basket.
*in order to help her be successful, I make sure to have a laundry basket in her room at all times
Pick up all toys - Karrington's toys and books are separated into buckets, so that she does not have access to all of her toys all of the time. (Got this idea from my sis, Gretchen). We rotate the toys out about once a month. All this to say, she doesn't have a ton of toys that she has to pick up. She is, though, required to pick up everything she gets out. A story on how Karrington learned the value of this duty to follow in a few days.
Brush Teeth - She brushes first and then I do a follow up, so that we make sure to get all of her teeth clean.
Help with her laundry - Karrington helps put her laundry in the washing machine. She then closes the door. I put in the soap and she starts the machine. She then helps me separate the dryer items from the hang dry items. After everything is dry and daddy fold all of the clothes, she helps put away her socks and panties.
As she gets older, we will add a few things here and there. We want to make sure she learns to share in the responsibility of the household duties.
|Putting her dirty laundry in the washing machine|
|Clothes are all in - time to close it up|
|Karrington know exactly which button to push|
|All done for now|