5 Ways to Involve Your Toddler in Daily Chores
Being a mom is hard. Whether you are working or staying at home there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done.
It’s so easy whenever your littles are playing to want to relax or work on the housework, but there’s always those times that they want you to play with them and you have a sink full of dishes or a pile of laundry that needs to be washed.
I always try reminding myself that it is so important to soak in every moment you get with your children. Even if you are just spending time with them while you do some housework.
When I have to do chores around the house or work on my blog or coursework, I always try to find a way to involve Izzy (my daughter). She is 15 months as I am writing this so obviously there isn’t much she can do to help me, but I do know she likes me to include her when I am doing things around the house.
Children - and yes, even toddlers - love responsibility if you are willing to give it to them!
Here’s five ways that Izzy and I get to spend time with each other while I finish what I have to get done.
1. She helps me do the laundry
Izzy absolutely LOVES grabbing the laundry from the basket and putting it into the washing machine.
Every time I am doing laundry she comes over and tries to help me with this task. Sure it slows down the process a bit because she only grabs one thing at a time (and I have to carry her while she does this) but it is quality time that we get to spend with each other… and it’s a bit of a bonus workout too for all those mommies who like to workout from home with their babes!
2. She helps me put away the groceries
When we go grocery shopping Izzy loves grabbing things from the cart and handing them to the cashier.
So, when we get home I will put the bags on the ground and ask her if she would like to help me put away the groceries. Sometimes it’s a “yeah” and sometimes she watches me for a few moments then walks away to do her own thing.
When she does help me though, I just ask her to grab food from the bags and give it to me so I can put it away. Again, it can slow me down but she absolutely loves the responsibility of helping.
3. She helps me clean up the playroom
This one is a bit of a stretch because sometimes Izzy will help me clean… but usually she tries to take out everything I just put away.
I try not to stress too much about how clean the playroom is but when it absolutely needs to be straightened up I try to make it a game for Izzy. I ask her to bring me certain toys and sometimes we play with them before we put them away, too!
4. She writes in her notebook while I write in my notebook
When I want to write in my notebook (which is all the time!) Izzy always wants to sit in my lap and see what I am doing.
Sometimes she only wants to draw in the notebook I am writing in but sometimes I can get her to draw in her own notebook. Of course, she won’t use a crayon to draw she needs the exact pen I am using.
So, if you decide to do this just make sure you keep a close eye on your babe or else they may end up with pen marks all over their body and face!
5. She helps me feed the pets
When people find out how many pets we have (which is 7… I know it’s a lot) they always ask how in the world I take care of them all.
It is actually a lot easier than you would think because half of the work is feeding the pets and Izzy just LOVES to take care of her animals!
With the dogs and cats, I can give her the measuring cup full of their food and she pours the food into the bowls. There are definitely times where food goes everywhere but it is important to stay patient with your baby! They are working on their motor skills and hand-eye coordination while doing this.
She doesn’t get to help me give the guinea pigs their pellets or hay, but every day I cut up their veggies in very small pieces and Izzy helps me feed them their veggies.
There are so many ways to get your kids involved in the activities you do every day. Just remember that sometimes you need to stay patient with them!
I hope these tips give you some ideas on how you can complete chores around the house while spending time with your babies!