Little ones love pitching in with the housework!
If you have a toddler in the house, you probably have more "help" with your household chores than you could ever want. By delegating a couple of easy responsibilities to your toddler, you can put him to work, and give yourself an opportunity to get your business done while he's busy too. Create a fun, interactive responsibility chart and reward your hard worker for a job well done.
1Write the list of desired tasks along the left side of the poster paper. Along the top, write in the days or dates the jobs will be completed. Allow your child to help choose his responsibilities to give him some ownership of the plan and to keep his excitement up about the project. Be careful that the tasks you delegate are within your child's sphere of ability. Start with easy-to-perform chores such as feeding the dog and putting his toys away. When he is ready to take on more responsibility, move up to harder tasks such as clearing the table after a meal and sweeping the floor. Assist him where help is needed. Remember, the goal is to make him feel successful and proud of a job well done.
2Draw a large grid on the paper using your ruler and pencil, lining the grid up with the printed tasks and days. Use your black marker to darken in your printing. Hang in your child's room or your kitchen. Allow your child to add a sticker to a grid square each time a responsibility is completed. He'll love watching the grid fill in with colorful stickers he's earned himself.
3Offer an incentive for a given number of stickers on the chart. It need not be a material item, but something like staying up late or having a play date will make this activity a sure hit. Delegating household chores to children is an excellent way to begin teaching them some responsibility and pride in completing a task. If you do choose to offer an allowance, keep it small. Kids love pocket change, and that's all they really need at this age. Get a piggy bank for him to fill. You can use this to teach your child about accountability -- no chores, no change -- and begin to teach the value of a dollar as well. Chores help develop confidence and a strong work ethic that will serve your child well through every stage of his life.
Things You'll Need
- Ruler or straight edge
- Black permanent marker
- Tape or thumb tacks (for hanging).