Chores, How young is too young?

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I am CONSTANTLY fighting with my two year old about cleaning his room. This is the one chore he will fight me to the death on. He ALWAYS wins. Why? Because he’s a little shit, and I am weak. His favorite game is to pull out every toy and book he can find and then throw them on the floor or in the crib. When I ask him to put the books away, he usually responds with, “No, how ‘bout you do it, Mommy.”

WTF? How am I taking orders from a two year old?? I always give in because I’m tired of walking into his room, stepping on a Lego and falling face first into a bowl of two day old cereal. Every now and then, he obliges and will half-ass clean up. (I can’t really blame him on that part, I half-ass clean everything.) It makes me so proud and so happy and I really try to show him that. I just wish it would happen more often.

He LOVES to help me with laundry. He likes to take the clothes out of the washer and put them into the dryer and then take them out of the dryer and into the basket. It makes the process about 100 times longer, but what the heck, he wants to help so I let him! He also likes to help unload the dishwasher. This one is a little trickier because I have to get anything sharp and breakable away from him as soon as possible. He will pick up anything he can reach and hand it to me to put away. Again, it makes doing the dishes about 100 times longer, but it’s worth it.

Did I mention that my son is a technological genius? He can pick up any phone/tablet and navigate to YouTube and watch his “Daddy Finger” videos. He can also get to any game and figure out how to play it within minutes. If my son can pick up an electronic that I’ve had for years, (and haven’t figured out how to use) and learn to use it in 5 minutes or less, he can clean his damn room. A few months after turning two, my sweet little boy turned into a bossy terrible two year old. I think I let him get away with too much. No more, it stops here.

When he wakes up from his nap, he is marching straight into his room and picking up all of his toys. Then he will grab a mop and get to work in the kitchen. No more free rides around here. He is two years old. He needs to learn that life is hard. It’s time learn that there are no freebies in life. You want that PAW Patrol yogurt for a snack, get to cleanin’ son. I’m not entirely sure what other cleaning I can have him do. But this has to teach him some responsibility right?

What types of chores do your children do and at what ages did they start? Is two too young? Am I going to be turned in for being a child slave laborer?

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Trish the Dish - February 23, 2017 Reply

I started my kids out young as well on doing laundry.. I honestly think it helps them out later in life.. If i can think back I may have started them out 5 or 6 yrs old. My oldest is 18 but he can cook, wash dishes, clean and even do his own laundry. My 16 yr old will do his laundry when he needs to or if/when he is ever home. My 10yr old helps me alot with cooking, cleaning, running the sweeper, unloading dishwasher and whatever else i ask of him. The only thing that i have to bitch about none stop is their bathroom, its done right disgusting all the time. I just threaten their lives and then they will clean it.. lol!! But i say, the earlier in life the better! Its nice for us mothers to just sit back with a glass of wine in hand and watch the little shits clean their hearts out.. LOL!!

    Super Sirrious Mom - February 23, 2017 Reply

    Hahahaha yes! I love it!!! I can’t wait until my sons tall enough to do more chores without my help. 😂😂

livelaughmakelove - February 24, 2017 Reply

My husband is too spoiled, but I am hoping to teach him to do chores along w my soon to be 3 yr old 🙂 nice article, keeping it real 🙂

Lydia J Graham - February 26, 2017 Reply

I never attempted geting the children to do any jobs before the age of 4. Now the eldest is 12 and she cleans the bathroom and the cooker like an expert, but her bedroom is a total mess most of the time

Amber Harrop - February 26, 2017 Reply

I found the younger mine started the more like a game they found it – mine loved sorting socks or playing the clean up game which was a competition to see who could clean away their toys fastest !! Now I am back to square one because they are teenagers and cleaning up ability is gone – now it is working for the wifi password !!

Rachel Ritlop - February 27, 2017 Reply

haha love this! When I have kids I am totally getting them started as a helper ASAP

Anne Campbell - February 27, 2017 Reply

My kids started doing chores at a very young age–even twisting their own diapers into the diaper genie! I’m so glad I started them young, because they are all teens now. They automatically do things to help around the house and to clean up after themselves. It makes life easier for all of us and teaches them to be responsible and accountable.

April - March 3, 2017 Reply

My 2 year old loves helping with laundry and the dishwasher too! My son’s main chores are cleaning up toys and putting shoes and jackets away when he takes them off. He usually helps with laundry and likes to “dust” the living room.

Erin C - March 4, 2017 Reply

There’s an app called Licket Split! Download it- life changing 🙌🏼 They have to clean their room and beat the time, it plays music that gets faster and faster, my kids love it! It’s like a game 😉

mdhippiemama - March 13, 2017 Reply

I get my kids to help out all the time. These are the years we are building a foundation for the rest of their lives. If they know how to pitch in and be independent at a young age it’s only going to benefit them in the future! I don’t get my 2 year old to scrub the toilet (mostly because she probably wouldn’t do it right…) but getting them to do things like help empty dishwashers and do laundry is perfect for their age!

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