I suspect that there is only a small window during which children LOVE doing chores and having responsibilities.
Katie is at that age right now.
Like most preschoolers, she thrives on being assigned tasks that she can see through to completion and she is blossoming from that feeling of accomplishment.
Not ones to miss an opportunity, we capitalized on this new urge to contribute and bought her a chart to help track her progress.
We chose some things that she can easily handle…things she does on a daily basis already…and added in some things that we would like her to strive for (putting toys away, please!).
Each week, we’ll change up her goals to keep them fresh and interesting for her.
Our routine this week has been to sit down each evening and review her day. We read through her responsibilities and discuss how she did…the ways in which she excelled or struggled a bit.
The joy on her face when she marks off each of her goals is one of the highlights of my day.
What chores do your children tackle?
I’m so curious to know how long this will last and if there’s a trick to nurturing Katie’s desire to contribute.
Please share your experiences with me!