|Folding laundry with a 3 year old means the face clothes and towels are somethimes less than perfect but the concentration she puts into each is beautiful!|
|Piper almost always pours the water for everyone at supper. You'd be amazed at how few spills have occurred! Of course, any spills that do happen are cleaned up by her as well (and that's even part of the fun!).|
Although I think that learning to cook and clean are in and of themselves very valuable things to know, there is so much more that Piper is learning through these skills - matching, sorting, fine and gross motor skills. The list goes on! We're not joking when we say she is being 'homeschooled'! Ha!
I won't lie. Initially, this was simply a means of keeping my girly out of trouble when I had some cleaning or cooking to do! It took a bit of work and creativity on my part but, in the end, I was able to dust the living room or make supper or fold laundry without too many mishaps or interruptions. Over time, I began to realize the value of including her in these things and now it is just becoming a way of life for us!
I'm sure a day will come when all these things are not quite so delightful to her! But in the mean time I'll continue to cherish these memories (and perhaps hang onto these pictures to remind her that once she did love to do the dishes!)
For some more great ideas of life skills appropriate for preschoolers, check out this article at Raising Homemakers.