When you spend most days at home alone with young children the twelve hours between wake up and bedtime can sometimes seem impossible to fill. I like to keep things as varied as possible for the sake of my own sanity so I try to mix things up with Caterpillar on my non-working days. We go to a toddler class, visit friends and family or even just break up the day with a trip to the park or the library.
However, you can’t be out all the time, we all need down time at home too. And when we are at home we can’t spend all our time playing with our children, much as they would love us to. There are countless chores and tasks to take care of and my son often gets frustrated when I tell him mummy has to “get on.”
One way I try to dodge a tantrum is to get him involved in the household tasks. I’ve mentioned before, I am not a fan of housework of any kind and I’m pretty lazy, but for some reason kids seem to love being able to help out. Here are a few examples of the chores Caterpillar “helps” me with:
This is Caterpillar’s favourite task and we make it into quite an activity. I throw the clothes down the stairs and he helps me put them all in the washing machine, he loves to put the powder in and push the button
This is my husband’s domain but Caterpillar has been joining in with this since he could walk. It’s actually a really cute game between them. Hubs lets Caterpillar pretend to Hoover using one of the extra attachments, let’s him turn the button on and off and makes him laugh with the nozzle
Since we don’t have a dishwasher (sob!), washing dishes tends to be what I spend most of my time doing. Obviously, Caterpillar is too young to handle slippery crockery so I sometimes let him wash up his plastic plates and cups. But what he finds most fun is simply putting cutlery away so he often helps with that
All kids seem to adore making cakes and biscuits (this probably has something to do with the end result!) but lately Caterpillar asks to help me make dinner too. I let him do simple tasks like put pasta into a saucepan or stir something and this seems to give him a big thrill. I can’t wait until he’s a little older and I can share more of my passion for cooking with him
I can’t say Caterpillar particularly enjoys this one but it’s certainly something we try to encourage. He helps me put away his toys away before going up for his bath and bedtime, which I think helps him get into the end-of-day mindset. He’s a bit of a nightmare for getting every single toy out throughout the day so recently I’ve also been trying to encourage him to tidy one item away before getting out another
Let’s be honest, none of this “help” makes housework quicker or simpler for us but I think it’s good to get children involved sometimes as it makes them feel important and they get extra time with you. It also helps them to understand that you simply can’t spend all your time with them which is a good thing too.
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