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Letting Your Toddler Help Clean Around the House


Evan has started being quite the handy helper these days. He is showing interest in helping us by helping other children put lessons away and wanting to sweep the floor, and hey, who are we to stop him? Granted, sometimes his help is more of a hindrance, but his excitement is hard to turn down. Plus, this is prime time to let him learn about pitching in for classroom cleanliness and get him used to understanding that this is his environment to keep clean.

Wondering how young toddlers can help with chores? You may be surprised!

Here is a short list of 5 things even a one year old can do!

1. Dusting: Most children love to drag cloths around. If they can drag a cloth around and wipe it across some, why not give them a duster and they can dust some surfaces around the house.

2. Wiping tables: Similar to dusting, if you give baby boy a wet rag, he can (sort of) wipe down our dining table. You will have to go behind them and finish the job, but they have fun wiping down parts of the table and using the rag.

3. Loading and unloading the dryer: What can be more fun than pushing clothes into the dryer? This could work out great for you – simply unload the washer, put clothes on the door of the dryer and they can push them in for you! Similarly, when you’re unloading the dryer, he can grab a couple of pieces and walk them to the bedroom where you typically pile them on our bed for folding.

4. Carrying groceries: If your child is constantly trying to grab bags from you while you are carrying them into the house, give him a bag (just make sure the eggs aren’t in it!). You may make fewer trips to the car if your child is helping you carry the groceries, and he will feel useful by helping.

5. Picking up clutter: This is probably one of the easiest ways to get a toddler to help clean. Of course, you must lead the way and work on getting them to actually put the toys away and not make more of a mess, but it is possible. For your child, you can have several baskets in your living room that make it easy for us to pick up clutter. After showing him where to put the toys, he usually joins in the “clean-up game” and starts throwing them in himself.


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