WFMW: Children and Chores
Having two little dears, who are quite young, I try to keep them busy helping me with my chores. I bring them to whatever room I am cleaning, and find a task for them to complete. For example, Tuesday is my bathroom-cleaning day. While I am cleaning the mirrors and sinks, I give each of my children a wet cloth, and have them scrub the bathtub. This actually helps my bathtubs to be quite a bit cleaner, and it keeps them occupied so they won't "get into anything" while mama cleans. No matter what my main daily task is, there is almost always something I can have the children help me with, even though they are so young. On laundry days, they switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer for me. (Another benefit of front-loading washers.)
If you are concerned about your children working with chemicals, you can always give them a damp/microfiber cloth to wipe the floors or walls. By helping with chores, children learn diligence and teamwork. Who knows, with their help, your house might sparkle.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Posted by Christine at 7:12 AM