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Starter Chores for Little Hands
My new article on starter chores that toddlers can do is up at Calgary's Child online magazine! You can read it on page 33 here.

In the meantime, any of you have any other suggestions for chores little ones can do? I'd love to hear them!

And you all know I'm passionate about kids doing chores. Just click on the category links below for more of my posts on chores! Or check out my book To Love, Honor and Vacuum on how to get kids (and husbands!) more involved around the house.

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At 5:50 AM , Blogger Terry @ Breathing Grace said…

My 3-year-old puts the silverware (excluding knives, of course) in the dishwasher. She aslo puts them away in the drawer after the dishes are done.

This requires that she pull a chair up to the drawer being height challenged and all, but she does an excellent job and the silver drawer always looks great!


At 7:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

My soon to be 3 year old son LOVES to help with any cooking or cleaning that is going on! He also puts the silverware away! He is responsible for cleaning up all of his toys and he sometimes helps me fold laundry. I think it is really important to get kids involved when they are excited about it! That has to be better than waiting until they HATE it and trying to force them to do it!


At 11:46 AM , Blogger The Happy Domestic said…

I love your ideas for engaging young children in housework. It's easier as your child gets older, of course - a 3 year old can follow instructions.

According to, a child is no longer a toddler after they turn 2 yrs old, they are a preschooler. My toddler is 21 months, and trying to get her "helpful" instincts to be any help at all is like trying to make the rain fall up. Help! ;)


At 7:30 AM , Anonymous Kathryn Lang said…

My three year old helps make his bed each morning, he helps sort his clothes on laundry day and he puts his dirty dishes in the sink. We also encourage him to help out during chore time. Remember that three year old hands will not be perfect and that is okay. Encourage helping and they will continue to WANT to help!

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