I have the luxury of being off today with the two ladies and, it being a Friday, there are inevitably jobs to do around the house. Now that our toddler is three I think it’s becoming increasingly more important that she starts to learn the value of being helpful. I think that asking a toddler to help encourages kindness, empathy and helpfulness (obviously). It gives parents a good opportunity to give a child some really positive feedback for doing a good job. So I’ve been gathering my thoughts throughout the day as to what are some age appropriate jobs for a three year old.
As you can see from the picture above I got her to hoover her room today. Well actually she asked, like she often does when I hoover, but this time she actually took it upon herself to do it properly, she even hovered in under the bed and the cot in her room. So going forward this is going to be her little job. I also ask her to tidy her room, which simply means picking up books and teddies from the floor.
Speaking of tidying, she usually tidies up all her toys after she’s finished playing with them. I think there’s somewhat of a neat freak in me so perhaps it’s my personality that pushes this but I don’t really let her move on from one activity (say painting) until she’s tidied away the last (a jigsaw or the lego etc.).
We get her to put away her jacket and shoes when we get in the door.
She loves to play with water so I often let her ‘wash the baby bottles’, she just plays with them really but she thinks she’s helping so it’s the same concept. Plus like any toddler she is obsessed with playing with water so this activity can sometimes keep her occupied for ages!
If she dirties some clothes or her little sister does I would ask her to put them in the washing machine for me.
When she finishes her dinner/lunch/snack we ask her to put her plate in the sink when she gets up from the table.
Now that she’s a big sister I get her to help with is to get me a clean nappy out or a nappy sack if she’s nearby when I’m changing the baby’s nappy.
That’s the list of what we regularly get her to help us with, nothing over taxing or difficult but something that gives us an opportunity to ask her to do something for us. Sometimes we’re met with reluctance and a stamping foot but inevitably gets the job completed (hello bribery!). She does reveal in the praise once she’s done the little task for us so hopefully this positive reinforcement will be good for her confidence and her kindness in the long run.
What jobs do you ask your little ones to help with?