Okay so it’s been 2 weeks since my last post, sorry guys! It’s been a hard couple of weeks here, Albert has been particularly testing and we’ve just had a lot going on! Anyways, here goes…
I wanted to write a quick post about allowing your toddler to ‘help’ around the house. As parents we have to constantly try to balance housework and playing with our kids, so why not do both together?!
I used to be in the mindset that I couldn’t get anything done with Albert around, I would wait till nap time then madly try to finish all my chores before he woke up! And if something really needed doing I would have to use the TV as a babysitter, which I don’t really like to do, or else he would be whinging at my feet because I’m not giving him the attention he needs.
I’m not really sure what made me change my mind but I now let him help me with many things around the house and it is fun for both of us. He really enjoys helping and I find it less of a chore if I get to play with him at the same time. Win win!
- Washing the pots. Pull up a chair and let him get in there! What kid doesn’t love water? (Just keep any sharp knives out of reach).
- Laundry. He loves the washing machine and was so excited when I started letting him put my washing in. It must be the sense of independence but I had no idea he would enjoy doing laundry!
- Dusting. He actually instigated this himself copying me one day with a flannel.
- Changing the bedding. So what if it takes forever, much more fun making dens and playing with the little one.
- Tidying up. I hand Albert objects and ask him where they go. Most of the time he puts them away and cheers himself.
- Hanging the washing. Loves it. Handing me pegs and getting to playing outside.
I could go on. The idea is that obviously children need a lot of attention and instead of getting stressed out and letting them get upset it’s best for both of you to include them. If you just look at things differently they become more of a game than a chore and it also means you spend more time focusing on what really matters.