M is for mealtime prep. From washing produce to watching pasta boil, letting kids help out with meal prep through age-appropriate tasks will help them build confidence in the kitchen and enjoy the process of cooking.
N is for no sock left behind! Teach kids to put dirty socks in a Mesh Bag (we keep one inside our hampers) to prevent losing them come laundry day.
O is for open food contains. School age kids and up can learn that once snack or meal time is over, food should be sealed and put in its proper place.
P is for pet care! Got pets? Kiddos should learn from a young age how to care for them safely, which will give them a sense of responsibility. While toddlers can help with simple tasks like filling Fido’s water bowl, older kids can feed, walk, and clean up after pets.
Q is for quick bed-making. Teach kids how to make their bed while still laying in it so they can essentially do it with their eyes closed! Show them how to tidy covers and pillows while horizontal, then simply roll out the side of the bed! By the time they’re teens, it’ll be second nature.
R is for routine. Sticking to a routine, especially before and after school, can accustom kids to completing small chores on a regular basis. For example, wiping down wet countertops after morning teeth brushing with a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth, or taking out the trash after dinnertime.
S is for safety first! Protect your child by always supervising tidying tasks, especially those that involve cleaning products or appliances. Teach kids to read safety labels, and learn how to properly wash their hands after cleaning and indoor or outdoor play. The CDC has a great guide to parenting safety tips by age.