Routines and Responsibilities


Let’s talk about routines and responsibilities.I believe that the word "chore" has negative connotations whereas "responsibility" is more empowering for children. As soon as a a child is able to sit up and transfer an object from one hand to the other, then you can teach them about responsibilities. So at 6-8 months, you can teach them to clean up, simply by having a basket and letting them put items into it. Having them put things away is a fun game for them, as well as seeing the different shapes and sizes, and putting items in and out of a container...While it may not seem like actual play, it really is developmentally appropriate and fun for them! 

As soon as your child is able to walk, then they can put their diaper in the pail. (Only pee diapers! 😆) Bundle and tape it together and say "You MAY put it in the pail." Also, clothes in the hamper and food scraps in the trash. (ie: "You may put the banana peel in the bin") 🚮

As they get older, they can have additional responsibilities (supervised) like taking the dog to pee, cleaning the dishes, setting the table, etc. ☀️🧦👟🍳🥞
To help with mornings (or throughout the day), you can make them a routine chart or I love the one from @littlelennonsbusybooks. Check them out on @etsy. The routine chart can also be really beneficial for a child who struggles to complete daily tasks such as getting dressed, brushing their teeth, sitting down for breakfast, etc. The simple act of moving the card with velcro backing from one side to the other feels like a huge accomplishment for a child. 🏆
Also, don't forget to check out her busy books which are great for traveling and sick days!