Housework with Toddlers

Housework with Toddlers

Since our kids like to imitate us, why not show them ways to help around the house? Some easy chores kids can do (with parental supervision) include dusting, watering plants and sorting laundry. Get more ideas.

Ready to start teaching your child to help around the house? Now is just the time to take advantage of her desire to imitate you. She may slow things down at first (don't be surprised if the housework takes at least twice as long with her "helping"), but in the long run, her participation will pay off in so many ways. For one thing, she'll feel proud to be a part of the family's responsibilities.

At this age, your child should be able to help you:

  • dust
  • water plants
  • put laundry in piles
  • hold a dustpan

Just don't expect her to work alone — she'll need you there every step of the way.

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Spot on


My 2 yr old son loves to help out around the house. I often find him dusting and sweeping all on his own! This article is spot on!

Good idea


It is a good idea to teach my daughter to do some easy housework .

Age of the good helper


This is spot definitely love to start being "big kid" helpers at this age.

Sorting Dishes


My daughter is 20 months and loves to help me put the dishes away. I will hand her a dish (plastic or metal of course) and show her where it goes. By now shes figured out where most of them are supposed to be put. She loves it to the point where she will take dirty dishes out of the dishwasher and try to put them away.

Dustpan buddy


My two year old sure loves to hold out the dustpan for me....he's such a helper. Great article.

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