Those little Helping Hands: Toddlers Love to Help!

In the journey of motherhood, often we stop at some turns just to admire the beauty of some situations involving our kiddos, those little milestones. Yesterday was that kind of day.

Usually I try to complete my home tasks when my son goes to sleep but yesterday when I was in the middle of home chores, he woke up and I became really upset because there wasn't anyone at home to take care of him, his father was outside for groceries too.

So then I left everything and came to the room with him but then I thought why not bring some things in the room and cut them. I was making chana chaat (a traditional street food with boiled chickpeas, boiled potatoes, chopped tomatoes, onions, some spices and tamarind sauce) that we make almost everyday in Ramadan and I brought all ingredients in my room. I gave some boiled potatoes in a small bowl to my son for eating but to my surprise, he knew that these potatoes go inside chickpeas. He inverted his bowl into the bowl of chickpeas and then I thought that's a great idea why not involve him in my activities.

So I started cutting and inserting vegetables in my son's bowl and he kept inserting those into the mixing bowl and that's how it looked (see the attached picture below). Later on I just added spices.


The whole purpose of posting this is the realization that children love to help. I could see that my son was really enjoying doing what he did. Mothers, you should involve kids in little tasks. This is really very significant because I truly believe that kids will have life skills ingrained in them when they will grow up helping and working with you. Gone are the days when gender roles used to be stereotypical. I love when my son tries to make bed with me or helps me in any other way and many hands also make the work light and easy.

Having said that, it doesn't mean that mothers should become way too concerned about arranging a lot activities at home because it can overwhelm mothers and babies both. What I am saying that you should involve in day to day chores. For instance, check the list below for your ease:

1. Involve them in making bed with you. My son loves to bring pillows to me when I am making bed.

2. Give them glass or bowl or spoon or any other thing that they can take to kitchen. (Make sure they are plastic

3. Appreciate them if they help in bringing plates or spoons to the table for lunch or dinner.

4. Encourage them to clean the table afterwards.



Another important thing to say is that it is true that toddlers love to help but they don't do the things as You want them to be done.  Get it? I mean it will drive you crazy 😛 but if you think, won't you feel more productive with their involvement around the house instead of screaming for their attention?

So don't be afraid of the mess dear mommies. Let them learn and celebrate their little successes with them. Don't overcorrect them and just enjoy the process. It will surely benefit you ☺️

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  1. I've been trying to do this too! My kids are 5 and 3 and love to be mommy's helpers :-)

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    1. That's great. This way moms can have some relaxation too

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  2. This is the beauty because they wont do things the way we want them to be done but it contributes to building independence in the child. Great read.!

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    1. Yes that's the thing. Thank you for reading. keep visiting

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  3. This is perfect advice for all moms! It can be easier to do things yourself, but much more fun if you allow your kids to help!

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    1. A lot of fun and when you realize that this builds independence in them, it makes you proud

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  4. I find that I often underestimate how much my kids are capable of! They really do love to help.

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    1. Yes kiddos love to get involved. Keep visiting!

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