Chore Ideas To Help Teach Toddlers Responsibility

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If you’re the mother of a toddler – it can seem impossible to imagine having your child do chores.

Especially since you most likely spend a bulk of your time just trying to get them fed, dressed, and well-cared for – without massive temper tantrums and meltdowns.

But the good news is, there are ways you can introduce basic chores to your toddlers that are not only fun – but can help teach them responsibility too!

Not sure where to start?

Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.


Sing-Along Clean Up Time

One of the main habits you can teach your child at a young age is to clean up any mess they make – which means putting things back where they came from.

To make it easier for your child, try having large bins where the toys go – maybe even print a picture of the item and attach it to the front to make it easier on your child so they can visually see a picture of blocks, and know that is the bin they go in.

And remember, cleaning up toys doesn’t have to be boring!

You can make it fun by putting on a fun song and singing along, as you demonstrate helping your child put things away.

If your child learns at a young age they are responsible for putting things back where they go, this lesson will serve them well later in life.


Laundry Help

No – we aren’t telling you to let your toddler do the laundry – but they can help you with the folding and sorting process!

Once the clothes are dry, encourage your little one to help you “match the socks.”

This is another educational opportunity to teach them about patterns and colors.

Your child will love the chance to “help mommy” – and they’ll learn something in the process.

In addition, put a hamper in your child’s room and teach them to place dirty clothes in there instead of on the floor.

Demonstrating the difference between what is clean and dirty will help them begin to understand the importance of cleanliness.



While you clean the kitchen professionally, your little one can have a mini broom set to help too.

Show them how to sweep items into a pile.

Teach them how to throw things in the garbage, instead of on the floor.

Believe it or not – your children watch everything you do – and they’ll pick up your habits.


Simple Tasks

Give your child an easy task like gathering all the books or toys and placing them in a pile.

Or show them how to straighten up items like the shoes in the entryway or pillows on a couch.

Many children love a challenge, and are intrigued with the challenge of being asked to do something different.

Lots of verbal praise and feedback is helpful for your child as they learn to tackle new things.


Why It Matters

Children instinctively love to help, and being able to perform simple chores will increase their self-confidence and independence.

In addition, they will learn how to develop good habits from a young age, which will serve them well later in life.

And if you teach them chores can be fun, even better!

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