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    my nephews are 18mths and 6yrs old

    The 6yr old will put his plate in the sink, clothes in the basket and half tidy up toys but he isnt a natural helper.

    The 18mths helps with EVERYTHING. He unpacks the dishwasher (even if they are dirty), folds the washing, puts clothes away (even the ones he is supposed to be putting on after his bath), picks up bits of paper of the floor askes 'bin?' adn then put them in the bed and closes the lid saying 'close lid', picks up the couch cushins and say 'uh-oh' when they fall off couch, attempts to vaccum and sweep, 'helps' wash the dishes and cooking - anything and everything. If we do it he will do it too.

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    DD1 cleans up the playroom at the end of the day. She also makes her bed every morning. Apart from that that's it. She is 4. She will do extra things as they come up like putting her dirty washing in the wash basket type things. There just isn't much for her to do.
    DD2 mostly only helps with packing the playroom up at the end of the day. She is only 20 months.

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    My boys are 3.5 and 4.5 they..

    Clean up their toys, I help them or all they do is shove stuff on the shelves, DS1 can pick up toys quiet well as long as its not a poo-fight of a mess.

    Put their dishes on the sink (scraps in the bin).

    Set the table if I ask.

    Put their washing in the laundry.

    Hang their towels up, DS1 can dry himself.

    DS1 can dress himself but I choose his clothes if we are going out.

    DS2 likes to wash the dishes, doesn't do a very good job though but that's ok I just re do them when he isn't looking.

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    Five years old.

    * Makes her bed in the morning
    * Puts her breakfast dishes in the sink
    * Cleans her bedroom and toy room
    * Puts dirty clothes in her laundry basket and after they've been washed and dried, folds and puts them away
    * Feeds and waters her pet rats, cleans out and disinfects their cage once a week {my help; I handle the disinfectant}
    * Feeds the cat and the chooks in the morning, and collects the eggs
    * Sets the cutlery for the dinner table
    * Helps with cooking dinner
    * Waters and weeds her personal vegie patch

    She also has to do the minor things like pick up her wet towel after a bath and put it in the basket, change the toilet roll over if she's used the last of it, put her rubbish in the bin, etc.

    We're also slowly introducing her telling us when she's run out of her toothpaste or bodywash, when she needs more sultana snack packs, things like that.
    She has a big piece of paper and a pen stuck to the fridge and she has to copy the writing on the empty package/box onto the paper.
    Helps her reading and writing skills, as well as personal responsiblity. She's gotten quite good with this, as if it's on the list and we don't have to remind her to check the levels of her food/toiletries, we get a small chocolate for her while we're at the shops, as a reward.

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    23 months and he helps unload the dishwasher (puts the cutlery, utensils and the plastic cup, plates and bowls away), hands me wet clothes to hang on the line, and hands me pegs, and loads and unloads the dryer.

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    DD is nearly 2. She helps pick up her toys (with direction from me), and will 'help' with other household jobs like unpacking the dishwasher (passes me the cutlery etc. - which I appreciate at the moment being pg so I don't have to bend down lol!), passing clothes/pegs for hanging washing and sweeping the floor.

    She loves helping pack up the vaccum cleaner (pressing the button to wind the cord), and putting things in the bin (have to watch this, have caught her throwing out a few toys!). She likes to get the sponges out of the cupboard and pretend to wash the floor. When I cook dinner I will pull over a chair so she can watch and sometimes I will let her 'help' with something simple (the other night she brushed egg wash on top of a pie).

    She doesn't have set jobs per se, but I encourage her to do as much as she is capable of in the hope she will know to contribute later on

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    Mine are 8 & 4 they:

    Unload the dishwasher
    Sort the washing (darks & whites) and load it into the front loader
    Unload washing machine
    Group washed clothes (ie into piles for each family memeber)
    DS who is 8 scoops the leaves out of the pool (under strict supervision)

    Both also help with the dusting, wipeing over the bathrooms, washing cars, washing handprints etc off the walls

    We pay them pocket money each week - provided they do what is asked

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    Quote Originally Posted by trishalishous View Post
    dd is nearly 2 and her jobs are:
    toys away
    dishes in sink (plastic plate/cup)
    holds the pegs/passes me the washing to hang
    waters the veggie garden (more fun than anything)
    'helps' me fold the washing/assemble nappies
    DS is 2.5 and does all of these ^^ Plus he likes to follow me around while I vacuum with the handheld vac and helps me prepare food.

    He adores helping me out, it's really cute

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    Ds 2 and a bit, helps me all day! It can get very annoying tbh!! But I think berating him for helping will set me up for bad karma later on. His latest thing is to load up the rubbish bag into his wheelbarrow, push it all the way to the front gate, navigate over the cattle grid and heft the bag up into the wheely bin. NO one is allowed to touch the bag at any stage of this process! (I can see rubbish going everywhere one day) but it is so terribly cute!!

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    DS is 2. He puts rubbish in the bin, dishes in sink, waters plants, puts his clean nappies away, follows DP around with the dustbuster when DP vacuums. I cannot get him to pack his toys up for love nor money. If i draw his attention to toys he just wants to sit and play with them


 

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