Make a chore chart with your toddler to help her visualize her jobs.
Everyone in a household should play a part in contributing to the household. A way for your rambunctious toddler to help out, and clean up some of her messes along the way, is to institute a list of daily chores or activities to complete. They don't need to be long and take the place of hanging on the monkey bars or swinging on the swing, but a few chores each week can help build responsibility and give your toddler a sense of accomplishment as she helps around the house. A job chart is an easy and basic way for your toddler to see exactly what she needs to do every day.
1Draw a large rectangle on the whiteboard.
2Divide the chart into eight columns. The first column lists the chore that needs to be done and the remaining seven are for the days of the week beginning with Monday and going until Sunday.
3Divide the chart into the number of rows that are necessary for the chores you want your toddler to accomplish. Leave space for the top row to list each day of the week. Don't overwhelm her by making the chores excessive, especially at such a young age when she should spend most of her time running and jumping around to burn off energy.
4Write the list of chores to do for the week in the first row of the job chart.
5Mark off the place where the day and chore intersect each day with a sticker or an X to indicate that she accomplished it for the day.
- Create a reward system for successfully completing chores everyday. You can do a small reward, like an extra story at bedtime, on a daily basis or give a larger reward at the end of the week based on her accomplishments.You might want to create two different charts for your toddler to make things a bit easier to understand, with one for the list of chores that she needs to do every day and another with a list of chores that need to be done on a weekly basis.Some chores that might be ideal for a toddler are matching socks, folding towels, putting away clothes, picking up toys or feeding the animals.
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