It's never too early to start teaching your children about responsibility. Even young toddlers can help out around the house. In fact, toddlerhood is a great time to start teaching kids to pick up after themselves, set the table for dinner and more, because they are very eager to help.
My two and three year old children help with the laundry by putting their own clothing into the laundry hamper each morning after getting dressed and each night after putting on their pj's. They also help me transfer clothing from the washer to the dryer, sort and fold socks, and even drag the laundry basket to the laundry room on occasion.
While I'm preparing dinner, I have my three year old set out the silverware and napkins. He also takes care of his dishes when meals are over. He enjoys helping so much; he often cleans up after his sister as well. While I'm emptying the dishwasher and after I've removed the knives from the silverware holder, his job is to put away the forks and spoons. These things are helpful to me and they make him feel grown up and proud.
As you go about your household tasks, think about what your child may be able to help with. At first it may seem more like hindrance than help, as they learn to master the jobs. Just remember to be patient. You may have to demonstrate something a few times before they pick it up. If the task is too hard, try again in a few months. Their motor skills may not be developed enough for certain tasks. Be consistent in your expectations. In the long run, it will pay off. You'll not only have taught your child responsibility, but independence as well. Your child will be confidant and have the skills they'll need to succeed on their own.
By Guest Blogger from Mommies with Cents