Truth is, I didn’t always like her to help me back then because it took SOOOO much longer. She would hand me things one at a time at snail speed, but I endured and I am so glad I did. Now, she unloads the dishwasher SO fast. Some things like the plates and glasses she hands to me because she knows they go up high, but things like silverware, bowls, cutting boards and pots and pans–she has down and together we can have the whole dishwasher emptied in 2 1/2 minutes…as long as I don’t distract her with the video camera:
Recently, I have started letting her help me hand-wash some things that don’t fit in the dishwasher and I am right back to last year where I don’t prefer it. There is water. Everywhere. She doesn’t really get the pans clean, but she loves doing it. I am holding onto that knowing that she will get better and hopefully continue to enjoy little chores like this:
Greta also helps me change the laundry when I feel like doing it (laundry is the worst in my book), but I think it would be fun to start rewarding her for tasks that she does–even if the reward is just putting a sticker on a chart. Anyone out there have success with a toddler chore chart? Any suggestions of simple tasks an almost-two year old can handle? Is not-quite-two too young?
Weigh in, friends!