For several weeks now, Alex has been "helping" me with the dishes almost every day. What this means is that he stands on a chair next to me and plays with plastic spoons and bowls in the rinse water. Sometimes, he will even help to stack the dishes on the dish drainer. He thinks it is great fun and will ask several times a day if it's time to "do da dishes."
I want to do what I can to foster this attitude of helpfulness (because I am not naive enough to think that it will continue forever). So, I'm curious -- if you have children, what chores do you require of them on a daily basis, and at what age did they start? I am surprised at how much a two-year old can really do (with assistance and supervision, of course -- nobody go calling CPS!). In addition to helping with the dishes, Alex likes to help me sweep, dust, and sort the laundry, and he is very good at throwing things in the trash. He also puts his dishes in the sink after meals, his dirty clothes in the hamper after bath time, and picks up his toys every night before bed.
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