The Adventure Starts Here: Co-Hosting: It's The Little Things - My Little Helper

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Co-Hosting: It's The Little Things - My Little Helper

I have been linking up with the "It's the Little Things" link up for a long time.  Today is extra special for me though because I am co-hosting the link up with Jess this week!  What I love most about this link up is celebrating the ordinary moments in our day instead of only focusing on the big events!  Life with a toddler is all about the little things!  

Noah loves to help us with everything!  While I think it's super cool that he loves to help with chores, at his age his participation is totally voluntary.  When I first became a mom, I never expected that a 1 year old (and now 2 year old) would even be able to help as much as he does.  I guess I kind of assumed he wouldn't be able to do "chores" until he was maybe 4?  And even then I didn't think he'd want to do it.  Boy was I wrong.  Noah is adamant to help us with everything and actually gets upset if we do it without him.  



His assistance ranges from super simple things like wanting to flush the toilet after anyone uses it to helping with the dishwasher and trash.  On a typical day, Noah helps me make the bed, do the laundry  (move the clothes from the hamper into the laundry basket, put the dirty clothes into the washing machine and then move them to the  dryer), load and/or empty the dishwasher (I do the knives and breakable things), getting his yogurt, spoon, and bib for breakfast, and helping me vacuum.  After dinner, Noah loves to help start the dishwasher, take the trash and recycling out, and put new trash bags into all the trash cans!




Noah also loves to be my sous chef.  He likes to shred cheese for me and is great at helping me when I bake.  He pours in all the ingredients and can even crack and egg like a pro!  When we make smoothies, he sits right on the counter and puts every single piece of fruit into the Vitamix.



Since Noah loves to help in the kitchen, we bought him this stool from Ikea so he could reach the counters.  This stool now travels everywhere in the house, wherever help is needed!  Just the other day, Chris needed to restart the router (which is on top of our entertainment unit).  Guess who came to the rescue with his little step stool!


Noah is obsessed with watching and helping Chris with his "outdoor chores".  Right now Noah likes to help shovel the snow.  In the summer he liked to mow the lawn with his toy mower while Chris did the real thing.  He also enjoyed raking leaves and planting flowers.  I wish I thought these things were as fun as Noah thinks they are!






What I love the most about all this is how enthusiastic Noah is to help and that it's not us telling him he has to do any of it.  I assume that this will change as he gets older.  I figure I'll enjoy the help while he gives it freely.  We haven't thought it out completely yet, but I figure we will start giving Noah a small allowance when he's older in return for him helping with chores.  I grew up where my mom did our laundry and did the cooking and cleaning.  I plan to do the same for my kids as well, but I do think it would be helpful to Noah (and any future kids) to help out a little and learn how to do certain tasks.  I don't see a problem with Noah bringing in the mail when he gets home from school, putting his folded clothes, setting the table for dinner, and picking up his toys at the end of the day.  

Does your child like to help with chores?  How much do you expect them to do as they get older?


Now it's your turn to link up with me or Jess and share the "little things" in your life!





6 comments:

  1. Oh my, those two of photos with the vacuums & the lawn mowers are my favorite! Such a great little helper!

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  2. SO cute!! He's such a great little helper, holy smokes! I need to try to involve Scarlett more, it's hard to be patient.

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  3. so sweet! Right now my almost 2 year old is just getting into helping (and actually being helpful). He likes to help with laundry, and throwing away trash (although not everything he tries to throw away is actually trash!) - it's so cute when they see you doing something and want to do it too. But yeah, I think that'll probably change in a few years ;)

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  4. He is such a good helper! I swear things take 10 times as long and are 10 times as messy when Mason helps. And he mainly likes to put things away so helping load the dishwasher or unload the dishwasher always involves him slamming the door shut lol.

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  5. Adorable pictures with your little shadow/helper!! :) We also have quite the helper. It's fun to watch them get so excited and want so bad to be involved. If only the enthusiasm would last into teenage years.. ;)

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  6. What sweet pictures! He is such a good helper! I'm working at letting my kids help me more too. I'm such a perfectionist, but I'm learning to let things go. I want them to be able to help me - and want to help me too! Right now, they especially love helping in the kitchen - putting away dishes and helping me make meals. It's so great to instill these skills while they're young!

    Stopping by from the Saturday Spotlight link up! This is my first time on your blog - I love it! You have a sweet family! I would love for you to join us for our weekly link up (Tuesday Talk at 8am EST): Your posts would be a wonderful addition!

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

    Jess
    Sweet Little Ones

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