I am not usually one for controversial blog posts but I am pregnant so I am allowing myself to get away with it!
I recently saw on Facebook something along the lines of “my house is messy its because I have a 3yr old” which amused me.
We all have those days where it looks like a volcano has erupted in our living rooms normally with an angelical looking child in the middle. It’s the life of a parent!
What bothered me and led to this post was an individual who commented underneath that caption stating that to have a house which is clean and tidy is a sign that a child is bored and unhappy.
I am not quite sure where that logic comes from, my home 90% of the time is clean and tidy I have a toddler that is far from unhappy so I thought why not share why I encourage Nathanael to “help” me clean.
It all started back when Nate was a baby probably about 3 months, I had heard that some babies/young children hate the hoover and there was no way Nate was about to hate the hoover.
I would put him on his play mat when I was cleaning and I would hoover right next to him, I must have done something right because I don’t have a child that runs a mile from it, infact he can’t wait when the hoover comes out and will happily take off with it himself.
When I polish, Nate has his duster too and we go around all the lower surfaces together, now I am pregnant and the skirting needs cleaning he is far more efficient than me.
He sets the table to help when Mummy and Daddy are cooking, it’s a great teaching opportunity – you can encourage them to count the utensils as they put them on the table. You are teaching them what cutlery goes in which hand as well as thinking of others.
Nate also help makes his bed, there is nothing more fun for him than shaking out the duvet and the occasional jumping on the bed.
Nathanael also helps empty the washing machine with me another job he loves because he gets to press the buttons, but it also teaches him the basic skills of life.
There are so many things he loves to do that would be classed as cleaning or caring for the home and he is by far from unhappy doing them, it would be easier in fact for him not to help me but I would miss out on so many teaching opportunities with him!
Cleaning and Tidying teaches my son so many things, it teaches him that he is part of a team, a valuable lesson he will learn throughout his life and it starts at home.
It teaches him to be considerate of others feelings, if he had every single toy out to play with he could trip and hurt himself when distracted or he could hurt others. With a new baby arriving he can’t have the whole space to himself so we are learning that others matter too.
It teaches him the value of his things and others, we are very blessed that I am able to stay at home with him so he is spoilt with my time which is devoted to him throughout the day, but he is not spoilt with material things, he has learnt value by taking care of his items and that if he breaks something it won’t be automatically replaced.
Why not let me know what things your toddler helps you with around the house, there are so many activities that seem mundane that toddlers just bring so much joy to!