Daniel is really keen to copy us and recently has taken to helping around the house with little jobs here and there.
There are certain things that are ‘his’ job, so for instance setting the table which consists of him taking the cutlery (minus knives) through into the dining room along with any sauces etc we are having. He loves doing this and always tells us that he is a ‘big help’, which of course he is.
When I am preparing food he likes to put the food waste (veg peelings etc) into the food waste bin, and the used dishes into the sink.
Yesterday he gained a new daily job – filling the cats biscuits and water dishes. He found a sports bottle and pretended to empty water from it into the cat’s bowl. I put some water into the bottle and he then took it to the bowl and carefully poured it in. Jasper, our cat soon came over and took a drink, which Daniel thought was amazing.
He then wanted to fill the biscuits up so we gave him a cup of biscuits and off he went. We have assigned this as his job each morning, and when he woke this morning and we came downstairs he did check to see if the dishes needed refilling.
I saw the image below doing the rounds a few weeks or so ago on various Facebook groups – there was a lot of debate in some groups about how silly some of the expectations were for the 2-3 age group.
Daniel does most of those in his age bracket (although I don’t think I dust the baseboards let alone him!) but I wouldn’t have him carrying the wood for the fire simply because the logs are really heavy and we dissuade him and Emma from going near the woodburner. The other things he willingly does. He has always like to help bring nappies and when he sees me folding them after washing he helps pass me the various inserts. He is also keen to throw away rubbish and to put items in the laundry basket.
These are all things that he has willingly initiated, and Emma to, at 11 months is starting to want to help with things; if she sees us tidying she has begun to help to put things into the boxes.
Do you think these are reasonable expectations and do your children help around the house?