Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Toddler Tuesday - chores

Thank you for all your kind comments on last weeks post!

Life on the Parsons Farm

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?

♥ Ashley

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  1. I love this!! I love getting the little ones involved! So glad you joined us today for "Tuesday Talk"!

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  2. Your little one is adorable!!! How great that you're getting her involved at such a young age. :-)

  3. Love this!!!! I don't think it is ever too early to start with chores. Lily loves doing chores, but even if she didn't she would still have daily tasks to complete. It teaches them so much! Especially in the realm of responsibility & pride.

  4. I think it's awesome that you're teaching her about chores at an early age! Thanks for linking up to the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party!

  5. So great! I love that you are getting her involved at such an early age. It is always a good idea to start them young. Definitely something you won't regret.

  6. Good of you for starting young! It definitely makes a difference and makes it easier. Plus at that age and preschool age they just love to help out anyways and want to. Thanks for linking up with the #bestoftheblogosphere

  7. I really need to start my toddler doing chores. I think I avoid it because I don't want a battle if he decides he doesn't feel like it, but that's totally not a reason to avoid teaching them to contribute in the house!

  8. This is great! My toddler loves to help with everything so he does a lot of chores with me! Helping to empty the dishwasher, put laundry in the basket and then into washer and dryer, gets his own fork and spoon and bib, etc. It's to the point that he gets upset if I do it and don't have him help!

  9. I love this! I think it is so wonderful to teach kids from a very young age to help out! I did that when my older 2 were toddlers {they now have chore charts} and I'll do the same when the twins are toddlers! Thank you so much for sharing, I hope more parents take this advice! =D Thanks so much for linking up to the #bestoftheblogosphere linky party!

  10. This is so sweet! Palmer loves to feed Leaf too. It's really so cute when they start to help out with things like this! :)

    Thanks for linking up with the Saturday Spotlight! :) xoxo

  11. I have some very sad news for you. As soon as kids get old enough to get good at chores, they get a lot more determined NOT to do them. Good luck as she grows, she is a cutie! www.sosomom.com from Mommy Moments blog hop


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