It can be difficult to gauge when it's time to try and trick your toddler into doing chores. After all, you're doing literally everything for them for a while, and I feel like a lot of us get used to that paradigm. And, I mean, you ever seen a toddler attempt to do literally anything? They aren't exactly careful or thorough and they take forever. But most experts agree that between the ages of 2 and 3, you can usually start assigning your kid simple tasks that can segue into full-blown chores.
But how do you get your kid to be excited about, you know, cleaning? I asked some parents to reveal their tricks, because it's high time these freeloaders started pulling their weight around here, right?!
According to WebMD, some age-appropriate chores for toddlers include putting toys away, filling a pet's food dish, putting clothes in their hamper, wiping up spills, dusting, and putting things into piles. I'd also like to include folding washcloths because, yes, I have to redo them most of the time, but my kids seem to enjoy it and that tasks gets them into the habit of folding.
Yes, as soon as I am physically able to foist laundry onto another family member, I'm going to.
But how do you get your toddler excited about something as mundane as cleaning up a spill or feeding the family pet? Here are a few ideas, from parents who have been there: