One thing I have been taking full advantage of is Little W’s want to imitate me and take care of her home. I remember times while in school when I would see “the list” of chores on the fridge and dread the rest of the day. Chores? UGH! Little did I know at that time that my future career would include all those chores, done by me alone, daily! I think little of it now, but back when I was a young kid cleaning the bathroom was such a pain. The day my mother told me that I would be doing my own laundry is a day I still remember- it wasn’t as much of a burden as it was a shock. I was old enough at that time that I could have been a laundry expert. But the shock came from thinking that I had never had to do it before, so why now? (Maybe I should say that laundry is one of my favorite chores to do now. Hehe)
Little W is 16 months and attempts to copy almost everything we do. If she has a cloth she “wipes” the counter or table where she is sitting. If I have the dishwasher open she runs into the kitchen and rearranges the plates on the bottom (on a few occasions she has put clean lids from the cupboards into the dishwasher). But her favorite “chore” is laundry. I can tell her it is laundry time and she will run to the laundry doors. Her favorite thing to do is stand in front of the dryer door and wait for me to hand her a wet item from the washer. She will then put it in the dryer (usually with an exaggerated “Umph”) and wait for another item. When we are done she shuts the door as hard as she can and then claps. I turn it on and we close the doors. (She also likes taking clothing out of the hamper or putting clothes back in it.) I encourage this because I do not want her duties as a member of this family to be shocking to her. If she has grown up helping out (hopefully) she will come to expect that taking care of the home is what a family does. And why not develop this thought while she loves helping out? It just makes sense to me. Mothers out there of grown children, you probably have many little tips on this!!