How can someone 3 feet tall make such a HUGE mess everywhere she goes!? I just dont get it.
After work/daycare, we go home and Grace gets right to playing with all her toys; the kitchen, her babies, the mutliple Little People playsets, books...you name it, we have it! By the time bedtime rolls around, the previously clear family room floor is covered in toddler toys. Its not any better in her room either. Stuffed animals, books, Barbie, blankets everywhere. Sure, we ask her to pick up her toys and, most of the time, she is pretty good at it.
My question is this: When is Grace old enough for some regularly scheduled chores?
Hubby started asking her to help feed the dog a month or so ago. For a few days, Grace was really into it. The dog....not so much. You see, when we feed the dog, we take the cup and dump a few cupfuls into his bowl. Grace has a much slower method.....giving the dog 10-20 morsels at a time. Seriously, it takes her about 20 minutes to fill 1/8 of his bowl. But its a good chore for her I think....teaches her to take care of her pets and who cares if she misses the bowl once in awhile...the dog will eat it off the floor! Her other favorite pastime----playing with the Swiffer and/or broom. But honestly, that usually just spreads the mess around more for me to clean later!
What other chores can I give a 2 year old?
My mother swears I was setting the table at 2 (I find that very hard to believe--maybe I was 3 when I started that). Other people have told me to let her be a baby as long as possible; that there are plenty of years of chores ahead of her so dont rush it. I want her to grow up knowing that life takes teamwork and that Mommy and Daddy expect her to help around the house; that when you have pets, you have to take care of them and that if you make a mess, it is your responsibility to clean it up.
Any ideas from the Blog-o-sphere out there? What are you doing at home? What works? What doesnt? Anything!?!?!?!!?!?!?