It's never too early to introduce your child to concept of helping out around the house.
And given that we've now been allowed to spend much more time with our children during lockdown, now seems like the best time to start.
The 6-month mark might be a bit too young but once they're about a year old and can follow simple instructions they can be introduced to doing small things around the house.
- Outer Space! Print this beautiful, free colouring page here
- PRINTABLE | CORONAVIRUS: Handwashing steps for young children and teens
- Printable: Free nursery rhymes!
Obviously the goal in the end is to have them be able to thoroughly clean the entire house from top to bottom and make you a cup of tea while you put your feet up, so their training has to come at a young age.
I'm kidding (mostly - that cup of tea would be nice). But we do want our kids to be self-sufficient, contributing members of society and teaching them in the home is the best way to instil these qualities.
Start small. Don't ask too much of your 1-year-old and as they get more proficient at mastering how their little bodies work you can ask them to do more complex things.
Simone Davies, who runs the Jacaranda Tree Montessori in Amsterdam, created this beautiful printable and explains how to actually get this done on her website.
Click on the image below to print the PDF version.
Do you let your little ones help out around the house?
Share your story with Parent24. Anonymous contributions are welcome.
WhatsApp: Send messages and voicenotes to 066 010 0325
Email: Share your story with us via email at chatback @ parent24.com