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Helpful Around The House



About a year ago we noticed that our son (nearly 4) really wanted to help us clean. So instead of saying no you're too little, we encourage him to help with chores that are safe for him to help with. He helps with the garbage, the laundry (changing from washer to dryer and dryer to folding), put the silverware away from the dishwasher, and gets to hold the cord while I vacuum. Everyday he keeps his room picked up, he gets $0.25 for his piggy bank. It works for us and the house stays nice and neat.

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  • I think there are many children these days who have absolutely no clue about housework and when they move out on their own have no idea on how to do the most basic of chores. Start them early when they want to help you, set them up for success in life and it will help you as well parents since they won't turn laundry pink or poison you with undercooked food etc. What are people teaching their kids when they don't teach them to be responsible adults? I was around 5 when I put away silverware, learned to dust, water plants, wash the dirty places on the walls and doorknobs. It progressed so that when I moved out on my own I could cook, bake, wash anything, even change oil in my car. Self sufficiency saves money as well. Get back to basics! - by KAYAHSLOANE1
  • We did this with our daughter, too! I love when they still love to help! - by JOESMASH
  • Dusting and cleaning fingerprints of wood work and the fridge are also great cleaning jobs for little people. - by REVSERENA
  • That is too cute! - by ONMYWEIGH2011

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