10 Household Chores For Toddlers To Learn Responsibility

Written by Eve Bandusena | Parents Avenue’s Editorial Assistant

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Household chores aren’t reserved for only parents, but toddlers too! And, not only that! When we involve our toddlers in this family activity, they stand a chance at reaping a lot of benefits and and according to research, will fare better in life too! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get cleaning up!

According to Very Well Family, a research was published at Harvard that concluded children who were given household chores ended up doing better later in life. Why is this? Well, doing household chores like clearing the table and tidying their bed boosts feelings of accomplishment, competence, and responsibility. 

However, it’s never too early to start when our young ones are still toddlers! Here, we’ll be going through 10 tasks that’ll keep toddlers on their tippy toes and teach them about responsibility! 

#10 Putting Away Groceries

After grocery shopping, we can get our toddlers to help with putting away groceries. Much like putting away their toys, toddlers will find themselves putting things like cans, a carton of milk, vegetables away amidst other things in the right compartment of the fridge. Also, remember to hand your toddler sturdy and solid object to avert groceries from breaking.

Aside from this being house chore, this can be a learning experience and a way to bond with your toddler. As parents, we can teach them to familiarize and identifying objects, learn new words, and it helps with their motor skills too! 

#9 Turn off all the lights off when the family is leaving the house

It’s important to teach toddlers to get this task done especially when everyone in the family is leaving for work or school, for family outings and what not. While this might appear simple, explain to your toddler or preschooler why they need to turn the lights off.

By doing this house chore, this helps them to be more considerate, responsible and will make them feel like their pitching in to help out the family. This will also give them an earlier understanding not letting things like water and electric go to waste.

#8 Helping Out With Laundry

Sorting laundry is yet another great learning opportunity for toddlers! But remember, keep it light. Toddlers can help with sorting colors and putting a lightweight amount of clothes into the washing machine. Toddlers can know the different colors and develop a sense early on of how house chores work. 

When toddlers put away some laundry, they start to make connections on how much of their clothes that go into the washing, and they’ll be observing their parents to as they get the laundry out, hang to dry and fold them. This creates an appreciation for all the work that goes into maintaining a household.

 

#7 Setting The Table

Setting the table is inarguably one of the easiest house chores. As parents, we should inform the toddler it’s nearly dinner time and to help us by setting the table. Then, to handle each task at a time to not complicate the process for the toddler. First, to get the cutlery and then the plates placed at the position of their family members at the table.

Setting the table is helpful is beneficial to toddlers in many ways, it teaches them about numbers, strengthens their motor skills. But on a deeper level, it helps create a bond between family members by helping them and it solidifies a sense of who the toddler is the family dynamic.

 #6 Help With Garden Work
 
We can involve toddlers to assist us while we do garden work, but we need to ensure the work they’re helping us with is age-appropriate such as scooping up dirt, putting seeds into pots and watering plants. However, as parents, we must supervise them and ensure they’re doing as instructed and not stuffing an earthworm into their mouth!
 
Doing garden work is good for their fine motor movements as their picking up, holding, and handling objects in different sizes and weight. Being out in nature has also been scientifically proven to contribute to their overall physical well-being.
 
#5 Putting Away Groceries
 
After grocery shopping, we can get our toddlers to help with putting away groceries. Much like putting away their toys, toddlers will find themselves putting things like cans, a carton of milk, vegetables away amidst other things in the right compartment of the fridge. Also, remember to hand your toddler sturdy and solid object to avert groceries from breaking.
 
Aside from this being house chore, this can be a learning experience and a way to bond with your toddler. As parents, we can teach them to familiarize and identifying objects, learn new words, and it helps with their motor skills too! 
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#4 Cleaning Windows

For this house chore, you can give your toddler a cloth and a natural, chemical-free cleaning spray and once again, instruct them on how to clean the window such as firstly, spray the surface that needs wiping and secondly, wipe the dirty area. It’s hassle-free and fun for toddlers. Another tip is to make sure the windows your toddler is doing is age-appropriate for them.

And we have to admit, spraying is fun! Even for adults too! This can be a chance to also teach your toddler that house chores can be fun too instead of being banal and rote. And, adding to them! There’s nothing quite like seeing a dirty window becoming clean! Emphasize this to your kids. 

 #3 Wiping Dust
 
Wiping away dust is one of the easiest house chores you can teach toddlers about responsibility. Firstly, get your toddlers a small cloth, place them under running water and get them to wring them as hard as they can. Secondly, get explicit with the instructions and demonstrate to them by wiping the surface of objects in a circular manner or whichever methods suit you. 
 
As this is one of the easier house chores, this teaches toddlers independence and may even increase feelings of achievement and satisfaction. This also gives them a sense of self-sufficiency and encourages them to solve their problems and allow them to be great decision makers once they’re adults. 
 
 #2 Clearing Away Toys
 
Here’s a useful tip for parents to get their toddlers clear away their toys… One, create a place for where the toys belong to, and two, be a good and consistent model for your child. When everything has a place that they belong to, the toddler will pick up easily on where the toys are supposed to go. Unfortunately, there’s no shortcut to modeling positive habits to your toddler. Pick up the toys and return them to where they belong and have them follow your actions and this tidying habit will surely follow
 
By doing this, we give our toddler a sense of what orderliness and cleanliness are, as well as teaching the toddler to be responsible for their toys and belonging. Keep on modeling these good habits for your child to ensure that they acquire organization skills which are important for them later in life.
 
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#1 Feeding the Family Pet

When introducing toddlers to feeding the pet, help them understand that the dog, turtle, cat, hamster or so on feel hungry like them to and therefore needs to be fed at a fixed time every day, much like how the toddlers to eat every day every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This will teach the toddlers to be compassionate and about the discipline of routine.

Having a family pet is great and has many benefits, from helping to build family bonds and even has positive ties to child development. Many families will most likely consider their pets as part of the family, this will teach children a variety of positive values such as responsibility, empathy, and caring for their family pet.

Additional tips in getting your toddler to helping out effectively:

•    Be clear and specific when you give instructions

How many times did we encounter “clean your room!” by a high-stressed out mom? Remember how vague and generic that sounded like? Well, to get properly communicate with your toddlers, or children even, we must be clear and specific in our communication in what needs to be done. For example, say  “Please arrange your book on the shelf,” or “Pick up your clothes from the floor, please?” will go along way with your children.

•    Model to your child step by step

For your child to take your example in how the house chore needs to be done, as parents we must first lead. In the beginning, show them step by step how to perform a house chore and ensure that they are focused on the demonstration and that they’re not helping you at all. Next, let them take the lead as they perform the chore and don’t forget to supervise them at first! This is crucial for them to learn correctly. Once they’ve gotten the hang of it, you can leave them to it on their own.

•    Be kind yet assertive with the reminders and deadlines.

For parents that need the chore to be done without breathing down the neck of their children, use the “when/then” technique. This method involves stating statements such as “When you’ve finished breakfast, then you can play with your brothers and sisters.”

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