My Ah-ha moment
I realized I was onto something one day while making a bottle for my 15-month old, Weston. I mused out loud that I needed to grab a water bottle to mix with his formula. Weston had heard me, walked over to the other side of the kitchen, grabbed a bottle, and came back to hand it to me like a magic little elf. I was floored! I raised my eyebrow and quickly realized something: if he can fetch a water bottle…what else could he help with?
When you Google, “Teaching Your Toddler Chores” you get a zillion Pinterest posts about the various ways to implement chores in your toddler’s life; but, I’m here to teach you a lesson. There’s really only one way to teach your child to be helpful: you have to be lazy. The lazier you are, the better.
Let me back up and explain. Weston’s a dynamo of a little boy, the kid doesn’t stop moving, ever. Even in his sleep. Which means that all day, every day, it’s the “mama-show!” You know the drill, right? The dancing, singing, playing, cooking, cleaning show? So, when I collapse on the couch with a cup of coffee around 4PM every day, there’s just not that much I would get back up for.