On October 17, 2014, when my little girl was just 17 months, I posted a blog entry entitled, “Not Too Little for Chores Baby!” about how eager she was to help me sweep, so I got Quinn her very own broom and dust pan set. Now, my two and a half year old still loves it and will even run to get her broom if she sees crumbs on the floor.
Since she was two, she started displaying interests in helping me wash the dishes. At first, I was hesitant at allowing her to help because I just wanted to get the task done quickly and figured she’d just make more work for me. I could have easily had her help me put the dishes in the dishwasher, but when there’s just a few dishes, my husband or I just wash them in the sink which is what Quinn wanted to do.
Within the past couple of weeks, I decided to provide her with a little “dishpan” of her own and let her wash the fork and plate she uses for meals. She actually does a great job with her little sponge and wanted to keep washing the same fork and plate over and over again as I continue washing the main dishes.
It really pleases me that my little girl views what some kids and adults may consider “chores” or “work they dread doing” as fun activities. “Can I help wash dishes again?” she will eagerly ask as she sees me or her dad preparing the water in the sink. I truly do hope she will continue to be excited to help her mommy and daddy around the house and have fun doing it well into her teens.
All the best,