Thank you for all your kind comments on last weeks post!
Today I wanted to share about incorporating chores into your toddler's routine. As I mentioned last week, I believe that I am raising an adult not a toddler, so I want to teach Ellie as many life skills as I can. I think that your child is never too young to learn responsibility or to take up chores.
We live on a farm with many animals (goats, chickens, horses, and dogs) and I want Ellie to learn the responsibility of taking care of animals. A couple months ago (around 16 months old) we started having Ellie do her "chore" which is feeding the dogs their food. They get fed twice a day and we aim to have Ellie try and do her chore at least once a day.
Of course this chore is actually more work for us at the moment but she has started to get the hang of it and is becoming more independent with it!
When we first started out, I would scoop the food into the cups and bring it to their food bowls and then hand it to Ellie to dump (she made it into the bowl about 50% of the time) then I would take to cups back and put them away.
Now, we ask (tell her actually) if she is ready to do her chores, to which she replies with an enthusiastic yes head nod. I grab the food scoop cups, fill them up and then hand one to Ellie. She walks down the hallway with it.
And into the bathroom where we keep Sakari's food bowl and dumps the food in.
The I switch her cups and she goes into the kitchen and dumps into Cooper's food bowl.
Once the feeding is done, I tell her to put the cups back she stands up and walks over to the pantry/cupboard and puts the cups on the shelf.
And then closes the door.
I always praise her and tell her great job and thank you for doing her chores. Usually we exchange a high five
While I have to do a lot of coaching, reminding and guiding during this chore exercise, Ellie totally understands the concept and it has greatly improved her relationship with our puppies. As she grows and gets the routine down better, I'm sure this is one thing she will be able to do by herself.
Have you incorporated chores into your little ones routine?
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