Thursday, January 7, 2010
Posted by Christian Frugal Mama at 11:51 PM
I had always heard people suggest doing things you normally do and including your toddlers in it. I did this a little bit last summer, but now I'm finally beginning to do that more with my oldest, who's two, and it's been so wonderful! Sure, it takes a little longer to get some things done, but she's learning some important things and now begs me throughout the day to let her "help." She pushes her chair over to the counter and looks for things to do. Even on a stool she's still too short, so we use a dining room chair for now!
Another thing she loves is when I give her a baby wipe. She'll go all over the house "cleaning" for me. Her wipe often looks pretty raggedy when she brings it back.... she's showing me up in cleaning skills! She's also a big help with putting clothes into the washer or dryer.
It's one of my goal acheiving Baby Steps this month to include my toddler in the things I'm doing through out the day, like laundry and cooking. So far this month, we're doing pretty good. It helps the time pass on the days that Daddy works 12 hours and it gets her excited about cooking and cleaning. This time we've been spending together has been a bonding experience and educational. I like to think of it as the early homeschooling steps. Looking for something to keep your active toddler busy? You may not have to look any further than your own kitchen or laundry room!
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