Age-Appropriate “Chores” for Toddlers and Preschoolers

As a stay-at-home-mom, I'm responsible for maintaining our home while taking care of our children. Some don't realize that just these two tasks are full-time jobs.  I often feel guilty when my kid asks me to play with them and I have to say "Maybe later, right now I have to clean the floors." Or fold the laundry, or clean the bathrooms, or do the dishes, or cook. There's always something.  When my kids started walking they wanted to copy everything I did.   They would bend over and clean a little water spill on the floor and be all proud…

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Benefits of Toddlers Helping around the House

There's been a lot of back and forth about kids doing chores around the house. Some say it takes away from letting a kid be a kid while others say it teaches responsibility. I think the real concern is, how it's enforced. Of course it's essential that a child does not grow up in prison-like conditions, where they are forced to do hard labor. But do you want your child to grow up to the opposite extreme of having no clue how to care for themselves or do basic things like cook and clean!? The key is: know your limits. There are great…

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