Hey MWC Mommas,
A lot of us get so wrapped up in the fact we would do ANYTHING for our kids, that we forget not to do EVERYTHING for them. I have an absolutely amazing mom. She is the best there is. So amazing, in fact, that I developed the notion as a child that chores didn't exist. I always knew my mom would take care of it, so it became second nature for me to just not handle chores. It wasn't until I got to college that I realized that I really didn't know how to do these things by myself. I learned how to do my laundry in my dorm, when I could have easily learned much sooner than that, having a washer and dryer in the basement of our home for all those years. My fiance, other hand, was doing his laundry and ironing his clothes since he was little. You could definitely see the difference once we entered the real world lol. Your girl was a mess. I've since done a 180 in my lack of domestic knowledge, but with our kids, we are doing things differently. You can't become Moms Who Chilll if you're ironing your kid's clothes until he's 40 years old. That being said, here are 5 things you can teach your children while they are still toddlers that will make mom life easier for you.
1. How To Wash Dishes
I've spent some time with my 2 year old in the sink washing dishes. Of course, you can't let them wash dishes unsupervised and they will likely leave food on the plates. However, it's just good to teach them it's expected of them to wash their dishes after they use them; even if you have to re-wash them when they aren't looking.
2. To Put Their Dishes In The Sink After They Use Them
If your sink is too tall, keep a little stepping stool nearby and watch as they do it. It will become a habit the more you ask. Who doesn't love less dishes hanging around around the house?
3. Throw Away Their Own Garbage
Zhen is more that happy to do this. For some reason he sees the trip to the garbage as an adventure. Gotta love kids. lol
4. Clean Up Messes
My son has a kids spray bottle, mop, broom, that he absolutely loves. When I am cleaning the house, I give him his spray bottle with water in it and a paper ask him to help me (pictured above). Make sure to stay in the same room with them so they don't spray things they shouldn't (a.k.a the TV).
5. Take their Clothes Off and Put them Away
My fiance has taught my son that when he comes home, he can't play with any toys until he a) washes his hands (which we do for him) b) take off his clothes and c) puts them away . Zhen knows that that's what is expected of him when he gets in, even though he usually tries to cheat the system. For pieces of clothing that are more difficult to take off, we help him while trying to teach him how to do it on his own. After he takes his clothes off, he puts them on the couch and puts his shoes on the floor with his socks in them.
If there are any other things you teach your littles ones that will make your life easier please let me know! I'm so excited to try them out!