Thursday, March 3, 2016

Give Your Toddler These Chores

Today’s fantastic family finance article is:

Socks for Toddlers to Sort

As toddlers tumble into their second and third year, their capabilities grow rapidly: mimicking parental activities, following instructions, sorting objects, anticipating routines, and more.

The bottom line: they’re capable of some simple chores around the house, and — unlike teens — they’ll actually enjoy them.

Here are a few chore suggestions culled from today’s article and elsewhere:

  • Put toys and books away.
  • Wipe up little messes.
  • Put laundry in the hamper.
  • Sort socks and other laundry.
  • Fold dish towels.
  • Fill the pet’s food dish.
  • Dust.
  • Sweep the floor.

There should be air quotes around many of these verbs because your toddler’s execution may bear little resemblance yours. But that’s OK (and often oh so cute).

Consider starting a toddler “tip jar” to start making the connection between work and money — one penny at a time.

It turns out the two’s aren’t terrible at all when it comes to chores. Teens on the other hand? That’s another story. Just hope your toddler training sticks.

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