Jobs for Your Children

By Wayne Russell

Begin building responsibility at an early age.

Here are some ideas we use with our 3 year old (We started introducing these jobs when our daughter was two):

  • Help wash dishes. Our daughter mostly plays with her hands in the bubbles. She does however give each plate a wipe or two with the soapy sponge, and then we discreetly wash it a little more.
  • Put things away (especially toys).
  • Empty waste baskets and help take trash out. She loves going out with Daddy to take out the trash.
  • Fold clothes (small articles).
  • Get dressed and put pajamas away.
  • Brush hair and teeth (with help). Holly, our dentist, encourages us to assist with brushing through ages 6 through 8 in order to instill proper teeth and gum brushing techniques.  You would obviously be a little more hands off as they grow up.

Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours.