My goal now is to figure out what they should do and make them do it regardless of how much more time it takes. I know one of these jobs should be cleaning up the toys they play in the living room before bedtime. They both frequently help me set the table - I'm even getting brave enough to let them both carry the "real" plates and glasses, so that is a good candidate. Also another good habit would be making them pick up their own rooms on some predetermined schedule. The problem with all three of these options is that they all require better time management on my part. I never ask them to clean up their toys until we should have already started the bedtime process, on the days they don't ask to help me in the kitchen I don't even thing about setting the table until the food is already starting to get cold, and bedtime is a rush for me so cleaning up their room is normally something I do while they are watching their wind-down episode of Curious George.
Here is one real possibility for Cate - I was in a rush yesterday to get ready for the Super Bowl party and she helped me empty the silverware bin in the dishwasher. She did a great job with no help from me - that's a job I'd never thought of before.
I'm going to try to be better about time management and consistency but maybe like the dishwasher there are better chores she could be doing that are less time sensitive. I'm looking for good ideas - what chores do your little ones do consistently?
|(she is standing on a step stool)|
|she really was concentrating on this task|
|she was so proud of herself!! She told me she was sorting into groups.|