Toddlers and preschoolers love to help. You might start by asking your child to care for a plant. Caring for a plant is an age-appropriate way for your child to learn how to nurture and take care of another living thing. To get your child excited about his new responsibility, take him to a plant nursery and let him pick out his favorite plant (I recommend asking the salesperson for low maintenance options like spider plants) and a special watering can. If he is not interested in caring for a plant, there are many other age-appropriate “jobs” he might like to help you with. For example, he might enjoy transferring the laundry into the dryer, dusting, taking dishes into the kitchen after meals, putting dirty clothes in the hamper, feeding or walking the family pet, setting the table, or making his bed. To help him remember what “jobs” he has to do each day, make a chore chart and have him place a sticker or magnet over each chore he completes.
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