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Preschoolers, Chores, and Helping Mommy

by Lisa Stauber | August 5th, 2008 | Infants/Toddlers

Your baby is growing up. He can walk, talk, and stack blocks. He’s fully capable of helping out now, too!

Giving preschoolers chores is good for their self esteem. They become contributing members of the family, and most little ones love to help out. Imitation comes naturally, and you’ll be providing valuable life skills while spending quality time together.

Their new chores don’t have to be difficult, but a toddler or preschooler can help out in almost every room of the house.

Laundry: Let your child help fold washclothes or match socks. They can begin to put their own clothes away and also start to dress themselves!

Kitchen: Small children can mix and stir batters and sauces. They love to dump things, and can add ingredients after an adult premeasures them. Older toddlers even can be taught to carefully cut up soft food, such as bananas or canned peaches, with a plastic knife. And all preschoolers love to help wash the dishes!

Play Room: It’s time to start teaching your child to pick up after himself. Begin instilling the habit of putting away a toy as soon as she is finished using it. Picking up toys is also great practice for fine motor skills and the pincer grasp, both necessary for writing. You’ll have a clean floor, and your child will have a headstart in school!

Bedroom: A toddler can help make her own bed, or at least put the pillow in the correct place. Make it easy, and ditch the complicated dust ruffles and pillow shams. Get a slumber bag or simple comforter, and show your preschooler how to straighten it on the bed.

Letting young children help out around the house may take a little extra time, but it is well worth the effort to have a happy, independent child!

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