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Ever since I was a little girl, I was given chores to do. Same with my brothers. Still to this day, I have chores and even forever in the future will I have these same chores (plus additional tasks since I want to be a mommy!).
We have an old video of me when I was, I think two years old, washing the windows. Of course, I was being helped by mom, but I was doing it none the less. My three-year old brother washes windows and LOVES it! He even does it on his own. When everyone else is doing something else in the house, my brother sometimes goes in our bathroom closet and pulls out the Windex and paper towels and gets right down to work. He does the lower windows real well…
From a young age, I had been taught to make my bed every morning and take care of my dirty clothes. To this day, I hate leaving my room without making my bed. I only don’t make it if I’m to sick to do it…or staying at a hotel!
Here is a list of chores for toddlers:
- Make their bed
- Take care of dirty clothes
- Pick up toys
- Wash windows
- Helping take the laundry out of the dryer
- Setting the Table (starting out with unbreakable items, such as silverware!)
- Vacuuming (Not a ton, but a small section at a time)
- Feeding the dog
A lot of these chores listed, my baby brother (the three-year old) already does. Maybe not on a consistent basis, but often enough. Most of them he really enjoys and fusses if someone else does it before him.
Of course, when children start doing chores, it isn’t going to be perfect…not even remotely close, but without practice there will be no progress, and without progress there will be no success. I know I wasn’t perfect when I started, but my mom was patient with me, and now I have conquered the responsibilities I had as a young child.
I remember, just a few years ago, mom told me a little secret.
When I was little, I sometimes had the urge to help my mom and make her giant, King-sized bed on her busy days. (I still have these urges sometimes…) I was so proud of myself and thought I did my work very well and was so pleased when my mom would thank me for helping her out. After a few years had gone by, and I was old enough to understand, mom told me the secret…sometimes she went behind me secretly and made it the right way! She wanted me to be proud of what I had done.
I am really grateful that I was taught, from a young age, how to do all of these things that comes with taking care of a home. It prepares me to be a better person and housekeeper for my future husband, and a better example for my children.
When my mom isn’t at par with the home due to sickness, stress, or away from home for a couple of days, she knows that her children can keep up with the home. She knows that we can handle the laundry if need be, keep the dishes under the control, or vacuum up all the crumbs from the last few days…
*Disclaimer: Our house is NOT spotless 100% of the time 24/7. It is a home. A residence where a family lives, and enjoys living.
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