Chores Made Easy!
Two Year-Old Doing Chores? Are You Serious?
How did this happen? First, he was invited to help a little bit here and there on numerous occasions prior to this event. The invitations were less about working and more about joining the fun, because we always made the work fun.
Then we showed him how to do it, and then helped him do it the first time. When he did it, we made a big deal out of it (thus the picture). He then went on to set the table exactly as shown, all by himself.
We gave exuberant affirmation, “Wow Eli! You’re doing one of the things God built you to do! Do you feel good about that?”
“Yah!” He said with a smile.
“Give me five!” We said, and slapped hands with a big smile.
He then cleared the dishes the same way. This chore is now a frequent part of Eli’s routine at dinner time. With much less hooplah he often helps set the table and clear the dishes. He also cleans up toys, and clothes, having learned the same way. This approach works with most chores, and with kids of all ages.
To break this down into steps:
1. Be an example of fun while working.
2. Make a fun invitation to join the chore.
3. Give a realistic, concrete demonstration of what you want done.
4. Celebrate by giving enthusiastic praise for the hard work, not for the “good job.”
5. Teach the child that helping others is something God built us to do: We are God’s workmanship, created to do good works (Eph 2:10).
6. Stay relaxed and make it fun.
Repeat with any chore you wish to train your child to do.
Let us know if you have questions, comments, or would like to share your chore story.