Toddler Chores

These past few weeks with Amelia I have really realised the importance of teaching chores young.ย I definitely think children should do house hold chores from a young age and right through the teenage years too as a way of gaining general life skills and respecting the value of money and hard work.

I don’t think pocket money should be given for doing things such as tidying away their toys, keeping their rooms tidy and being well behaved because this should happen anyway without needing to be bribed. Amelia and Max will get pocket money for helping out with things that aren’t necessarily their job, such as helping with the dishes, the hoovering and general household cleaning.

I feel that thereย really is a lot of value in encouraging and teaching chores at a young age. Once imprinted the skills learnt should hopefully stay with them forever.

Already at 18 months old Amelia does small things like packing her toys away, putting her nappies and rubbish in the bin and carrying her plates, bottles etc out to the kitchen when she’s finished. She really loves to do this and I think that will make her even more keen to get stuck in doing a bit more when she’s older.

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Toddler Chore Chart – Purple Girl Daily Routine Weekly Page – Printable

My plan is to create a sticker chart and is she is well behaved and does everything we ask then she will get a star. She will need to get 5 stars a day for a week in order to get a treat – this could be a toy, a day out or some pocket money.

I really want my children to learn the true value of hard work and I feel the best way of doing this is through chores. I know a lot of parents don’t like giving their children chores and have the mantra ‘kids should be kids’ and everybody is entitled to their own opinion.

Rewards should be earnt not just given.

I think I gained this outlook through working on the family farm growing up. Though I never got pocket money exactly, I did have money for shopping and things I wanted/needed which I knew I had earned and that’s a feeling I would like Amelia and Max to experience.

What chores do your children have?

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17 Comments

  1. You know what I couldn’t agree more. I have a 21 month old daughter and I really want her to understand that she will need to help and I suppose ‘teach’ her to grow ‘in the right way’ – especially with independent housework and such. She does some simple things now and really enjoys it but I don’t let her do as much as I should I guess. Really loved this post and it gave me lots of ideas – so thank you! I’ll be pinning for later #marvmondays

    1. As Thankyou ๐Ÿ™‚ I think if they like it then why not encourage them to do more. It’s really sweet how all they want to do is copy their parents and do more and more. Thanks for reading and commenting c

  2. Both my kids have chores to do which are appropriate for their ages. My 4 year old puts away his own clothes, brings down the washing, puts his plates in the dishwasher and tidies up his toys. My 6 year old does all the above as well as sweeping the floor after each meal and wiping down the table. #TwinklyTuesday

    1. I think the main one is tidying up after themselves and learning that we are parents, not slaves ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for reading and commenting

  3. My kids do chores, I think it is a really good thing. They don’t even realise they are chores to be honest, just a normal part of their day, so far anyway xx #MarvMondays

    1. Same here, that’s the best way to be I think ๐Ÿ™‚ Amelia actually gets angry if she thinks I won’t let her help! Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I hadn’t really thought of assigning chores for my toddler. He does a lot as he loves to help. Sometimes I am a meany and just do the things he could prob help me with myself, purely because he takes a thousand years to complete anything.
    ~twinkly tuesday

  5. I never thought of introducing chores this early but love the idea and chart above. I think it could really help our little one as he’s so eager to do what us older people do too. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  6. Love the chore list. We get our little one to pick up his toys, put his shoes away and his clothes into the laundry basket etc. I do think it’s important for them to learn to help out in the house, especially as they get older, even if it’s just to clean their own room x #MarvMondays

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