So, you know that I am still new to this whole motherhood gig and from time to time, I like to get some advice from the pros (that's you!). The topic today? Chores. how young were your children when you started giving them chores? What kinds of chores did you give them? How did you hold them accountable?
I should pause here to banish any thoughts that you may have that Elise is being held hostage in something akin to Kathie Lee's sweat shop...no we aren't working her like some little slave, but even at 17 months old, she is learning to help and quite frankly she beams when she is praised for completing her "chores."
Right now, Elise helps with the following: opening and closing the dishwasher, loading silverware in the dishwasher basket, putting groceries away in the 2 bins at the bottom of the fridge, throwing away trash during meal prep and cleanup, cleaning up her bath toys each night, setting out silverware and condiments for dinner, and her new favorite - putting Daddy's change in his piggy bank. Most nights the forks and condiments are perched precariously on the edge of the table and we won't be winning any awards for best place settings, but she does it by herself. Giving her small tasks that she can safely accomplish by herself also allows me to get dinner ready or put groceries away and still keep her occupied close by.
So, what do chores look like at your household? What did they look like when you were growing up?