From the time he started walking, my son knew to put his shoes away in the basket where we all keep our shoes. Sometimes he would even put mine away for me too. That has been his only chore until recently. He sometimes would help me clean up, but it didn’t happen very often because I’m lazy and I would just leave the toys out.
Now we have a new puppy and she likes to get into stuff so I have to be better at putting stuff away. I started by having my son put his dishes in the sink after dinner. After doing that for a few days I saw this article and realized he could be doing much much more.
This is his current chore list, although lots of times they are just bigger chores for me.
Put shoes away
Put dishes in the sink
Throw away what mommy asks
Pick up toys and books before bed
Put away dishes in “Colton’s Cupboard”
Put silverware in the drawer
Feed the dog
At just barely a year and a half he is doing great! Some things are easier for me, even if the rest are double the work that they usually are. It will pay off later though!