For the past few weeks my 14 month old has really begun to exhibit signs that he understands what I say. So, I’ve been trying to do something new by letting him help me clean. You may initially think 14 months is too young for a child to learn responsibility, but I think not. I’ve mentioned before that he “helps” put dishes in the dishwasher. That, of course, is more of a learning activity, but I talk it through with him and he is actually very good about certain aspects of it…like closing the door. He knows what closing the door means and he does it.
He can also obey instructions and do the following quite well:
- Put items back in a cabinet
- Pick up toys to put in a basket
- Take items back where they belong (for example, he put a pillow back on the couch this morning)
- Hold a dustpan while I sweep into it (I have to finish the job though!)
I even let him hold a small broom and dustpan to occupy the time while I sweep and mop the floors.
And, thanks to a wonderful friend, he has this cute vacuum to use on our rug!
Since my little guy has been such a great help around the house, I’ve been doing some research on age appropriate responsibilities for children that I’ll be sharing with you in the next few days. Until then, I’d love to know how you let your children help with household activities and at what age(s) they “graduate” to a new activity.
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