October 2011 Moms

Chores

LO likes to help and has kind of taken certain chores upon himself to help with. Obviously he isn't completely helpful with everything he tries to do, but he sure tries. He helps let the dogs out and in, carries the recycling items to the bin, takes dirty dishes to the sink, wipes up stuff, etc. He isn't yet required to do anything in particular, but I like to encourage his wanting to help. What stuff does your LO help with that he or she are actually capable of doing at least a halfway decent job at [at least not causing more work than they are helping like when he helps with laundry and ends up unfolding half the clothes]?
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  • DD loves to do "more dishes" which is what she calls standing at the sink and doing the dishes. Mostly she just fills up cups with water and dumps them out though, so she isn't really washing the dishes.

    She is fairly good at wiping stuff down though!  I can give her a rag and she will go around and wipe off surfaces. She can also bring her dirty laundry to the hamper.

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  • DS likes to take a rag and "dust" the floors and furniture. He obviously doesn't do a good job, but he has fun doing it. He likes to press the button to turn the vacuum on for me. He also will put his dirty clothes in his hamper after we change him into pajamas every night. 
  • Levi vacuums the living room and although it's not perfect, my vacuumings not much better lol.

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    DD loves to do "more dishes" which is what she calls standing at the sink and doing the dishes. Mostly she just fills up cups with water and dumps them out though, so she isn't really washing the dishes.

    LO does dishes like that too. I have to strip him down though because at some point, he usually ends up soaking himself.
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    B is a super helpful guy! He loves to put the groceries away, empty the dishwasher, loves to throw anything in the garbage and picks up his toys before bed!
    He has taken on a few unhelpful chores however, like tearing through a pile of freshly folded laundry and collecting the mail only to drop and spread it through the play area!
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    I give P a baby wipe and she dusts the baseboard molding with me. She loves when I vacuum, but she doesn't help with it.
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  • If you take the middle part out of the Swiffer its perfect kid height. Lo helps clean the floors but that's pretty much t. E and MH do most of the chores and I'm a get out of my way cleaner lol. By 2 though E fed the dog, helped load and unload the dishwasher, dusted, cleaned floors, toilets and baseboards and at my parents let the dogs in and out. I need to start getting Lo to help do more than just clean up after herself but my patience has been short lately.
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    DD is not really that much help. She will pick up stuff off the ground and throw it in the trash, but if she runs out of trash other things start getting thrown in. She will wipe stuff up off the floor, and will help feed the cats, but that is a big mess with kitty cookies everywhere usually and her chasing the cat around with pieces trying to "feed" him. She follows directions pretty well and will retrieve things and put things where you tell her to, but she was no help yesterday when I was on the pot without any TP. I tried to get her to open the linen closet and get a roll, but she got distracted by the Q-tips.
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  • This post makes me feel like a lazy mother and housekeeper.
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  • image Richard Slap:
    This post makes me feel like a lazy mother and housekeeper.

    Totally 

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    having my kids do chores is almost more work than doing them myself.

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    image Richard Slap:
    This post makes me feel like a lazy mother and housekeeper.

    Totally 

    and

    having my kids do chores is almost more work than doing them myself.

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  • C throws his own diapers away, helps me empty the dishwasher, wipes up his spills with a paper towel, he loves to use the Shark on the wood floor, he'll throw anything away that I ask him to.  He also helps me unload the washer and dryer.  He's a really great little helper :-)  I'm actually surprised at how well he listens to and follows directions.  We should enjoy it while it lasts, ladies.  I'm sure it will all go to hell when they are teenagers

    ETA:  Forgot to add that he helps clean up his toys before nap and before bedtime.

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  • DS really likes to help unload the dishwasher and he is pretty good about cleaning up toys. I always make sure I get any sharp objects out before he can help. He likes to help sweep but ends up making a bigger mess. He also likes to help with laundry such as putting clothes in the washer or dryer and turning the knobs or pushing the buttons all under my direction of course. He will also help wipe down his side of the table after dinner.
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  • I'm afraid Maddie hasn't been able to witness much of this cleaning behavior you all speak of in order to have someone to model it from. You're supposed to clean baseboards? However she loves to throw away garbage and her diapers, put stuff in the recycle bin (and dump out the entire bin and carry around empty milk cartons), she likes to wipe down her tray after eating, and she loves to close the dishwasher (usually when DH is the midst of loading it). She really loves to be a little helper and I'm enjoying this phase.
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    image Richard Slap:
    This post makes me feel like a lazy mother and housekeeper.

    Ha! You haven't actually seen my house. LO doesn't let me do much if he can't help, and it is usually much easier to just play with him than struggle for an hour to fold the same clothes half a dozen times, so I am definitely not on top of everything.
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  • LBB helps unload the dishwasher.  And he'll wipe up spills on the floor with a dish towel.  Of course, the spills are from when he takes a cup and pours it on the floor, so it's not exactly like he's helping the situation.
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  • Gator liked to get the dog food and treats. But now we don't have a dog anymore.
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    If you take the middle part out of the Swiffer its perfect kid height. Lo helps clean the floors but that's pretty much t. E and MH do most of the chores and I'm a get out of my way cleaner lol. By 2 though E fed the dog, helped load and unload the dishwasher, dusted, cleaned floors, toilets and baseboards and at my parents let the dogs in and out. I need to start getting Lo to help do more than just clean up after herself but my patience has been short lately.


    You let your 2yo clean toilets? ::shudder::

    My child is clearly a jerk, as he does nothing to help out around the house.


    Lol yes. I use vinegar so I just poured it in and he swished it around. Still does it only now he can work the spray bottle himself, it's one of the chores he chooses to do along with keeping the floors clean and the sinks and tubs. He's a neatfreak. Kids in diapers sit in their pee and poop but cleaning a toilet is gross? It's not like he was on his hands and knees with a toothbrush in a public restroom. I'm sorry your toilets make you shudder?
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  • He wasn't cleaning the toilet with his hand... I've never gotten myself wet when cleaning a toilet. I no longer supervise him cleaning but when I did he never got himself wet either. We both wash our hands after cleaning.
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  • We shortened the sniffer and he sniffers. He helps empty the dishwasher, and actually is helpful. He likes wiping things and brings stuff to DH for me.
    He also helps changing his brother, by handing me wipes and the new diaper. And he carries the diapers to the garbage.
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  • Ok, let's be real ladies....any "cleaning up" that my children do requires me to clean up right after them.  And if you have to teach your 2 year old how to clean your toilets you are seriously lazy. And it is just gross...I don't even let my kids near the bathrooms while I am cleaning them. 
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    This post makes me feel like a lazy mother and housekeeper.

    Totally 

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    having my kids do chores is almost more work than doing them myself.


    Yup.

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    Ok, let's be real ladies....any "cleaning up" that my children do requires me to clean up right after them. nbsp;And if you have to teach your 2 year old how to clean your toilets you are seriously lazy. And it is just gross...I don't even let my kids near the bathrooms while I am cleaning them.nbsp;


    Lol you caught me! I'm so lazy I can't be bothered to spend 30 seconds swishing out a toilet so I force my kid to do it.

    Seriously for one in our house if the toilet looks nasty when you're done it gets cleaned right away so its not like he was scrubbing anything nasty. I don't use chemicals so I'm not worried about that. He would follow us around while we cleaned wanting to participate, why would I discourage that? He's a little Danny Tanner. He had me buy him a stick vacuum because he couldn't carry our regular vacuum up and down the stairs and he vacuums his bedroom and other areas of the house several times a week unprompted. He asked for a lint roller for Christmas. Lo doesn't do those things so I don't really have her do anything. Was it always perfect and I never had to go behind him? Of course not. Would have been easier to do it myself? Of course and that's my attitude about certain areas of household maintenance but again why would I discourage him from wanting to help around the house? I still check after he's done certain things and as a mom I probably always will but I'm not going to stop him from cleaning.
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  • DD! will put clothes in the hamper (sometimes), put things in the trash, and "sweep."  Her sweeping is not effective.  She'll also help load the dishwasher. 
  • I am laughing at the arguing over the toilet cleaning. I wouldn't let E clean it because I use clorox on it, but she touches the toilet all the time. She likes to flush it and in squeezing beside it to reach the handle, she puts her hands all over it. So I just keep it clean as best as I can.

    E puts the dog bowls away after they eat. She also gets out a new trash bag for me when I take out the trash. She loves to wipe things so I let her help dust.  She's pretty good about putting her toys back in the containers they belong in. You just have to catch her at the right time or she'll dump it right back out. 

    This past week she's really wanted to participate more in bringing in and putting away the groceries. So I gave her a few things in a bag to put on a low shelf in the pantry. 



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  • My kid likes to put dirty clothes in the dryer while I'm trying to empty it.  That's about as "helpful" as he gets.
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  • image Richard Slap:
    This post makes me feel like a lazy mother and housekeeper.

    This.  Right now DD is throwing a crapload of toys in the dog's crate.  There's definitely no cleaner's helper here. 

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  • G loves to unload the dishwasher which means he just tries to take out the dirty dishes as soon as I put them in. Right now his biggest "task" is helping me sort through clean laundry. I'll ask him to find me all the socks and put them in a pile. Usually all of the clothes end up on the floor, but he loves it so I always ask for his "help". 

    I'm totally going to have him start to help me clean the floors though. A rag and some water and he'd probably be in heaven. Good idea, ladies!

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  • ::laughs at the idea of an 18-month old helping with chores, realizes you ladies aren't kidding, feels shame at my broken toddler and backs out of thread::

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