Involve Your Toddler in Everyday Tasks

Toddlers crave responsibility. Whenever you can, give them something to do.

Today we bought something at Southern Village Pharmacy. I have to give them a shout out as a true local, small town pharmacy here in Chapel Hill. David reminds me of my Dad and Grandfather who ran McMahon Drug Store back home, where I too worked for 10 years.

Anyhow, I had the hydrocortisone cream in hand ready to pay when I saw Boogie pointing to the baskets. Good idea! I gave her the cream to put in the basket. After a few tries she figured out what I was asking her to do. She dropped it in the basket. I then took one handle, and she took the other. I told her to walk to the cash register and we went side by side, her leading the way. I helped her lift up the basket and we paid.

There you go. I could have simply bought it myself without involving her. But now we have had a learning experience that included language and teamwork. Plus it gave her something fun to do for a few minutes. I try to involve her in everything I do and turn these simple actions into a learning activity.

By 18 months your child should be seeking out tasks to do…unloading the dishwasher, unloading the clothes basket, putting blocks away, carrying things that you need, and cleaning up spills.

What are some other everyday actions that you can change to include your kids?

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