See my #4 post for some of the ways we personally have given L&L responsibility, even very early on. This is a follow-up post listing even more ways we’ve given them responsibility.
Other ways we’ve given our children responsibility include:
- asking them to help set the table for meals
- We use place mats that have the plates, forks, spoons, cups, etc. outlined on them to help the kids know where to place things.
- expecting them to put their own dirty clothes in the laundry room
- We’ve shown them which bin to put their clothes into.
- giving them certain clothing they are responsible for putting away when it’s been folded
- Luke is responsible for putting his PJs, underwear, and socks into his drawers.
- Lilah is responsible for putting her panties and socks into her baskets.
- teaching them to dress and undress themselves
- We help as necessary, but for the most part, they can completely dress and undress themselves.
- expecting them to hang their coats and hats on a child-size coat rack, and put their shoes into their own shoe basket
- I found the coat rack on Craigslist.
- The shoe baskets are rectangular, woven baskets from Michael’s (40% off!) that are stored almost un-noticeably under chairs in the downstairs.
- expecting them to find and put on their own shoes or bring the shoes to us to help them put them on when we’re going out
- asking them to climb in the car and put their arms into their own car seat buckles
- Of course we fasten and tighten them!
- helping with clean-up of toys, rooms, etc.
- The other day I overhead Luke say to Lilah, “Hey, let’s sort your toys into your baskets so your room will be clean. That’ll make Mom happy!”
- allowing them to help with meal prep
- Let them stir, sort, scoop, transfer from one container to another, spread, pour, roll, decorate, sift, measure, cut with assistance, peel, etc.
- We love the Learning Tower for allowing the kids to help safely and easily (we lucked out and got one off of Freecycle!)
- putting out a basket of cloths for cleaning up spills/messes
- Whenever it’s plausible, the kids are expected to clean up their own accidents and they know how to do this without even asking.
- teaching them to empty their plates into the trash can and put them onto the counter by the sink or into the dishwasher
- teaching them to fold their blankets
- This is the equivalent of making their beds for us. L&L have bunk beds with a fitted sheet on them. We bypass the flat sheet since bunks are so difficult to make, even for me, and just give them a blanket to wrap up with. They are supposed to fold their blanket in the morning.
- Without being asked, the last 2 times Luke has slept at my parents’ house, he has made his own bed (which is made the regular way) upon waking — and quite nicely I might add! 🙂
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