My little bitty baby boy will be three years old in just over a month. He now has his first official household chore. There's something about this milestone that is leaving me in complete awe. He is really growing up... wow.
He's been helping me feed the dogs for as long as I can remember. Our dogs are fed twice a day. They eat separate food because we feed the younger one a prescription food from the vet and we feed the older one a nice mature dog food blend. I always fill a cup with food for the older dog first and my little Abe puts the food in his dish. I then fill a cup for the younger dog and little Abe puts the food into her dish. He returns the cup to one of the dog food bags for me and then he closes the door. Last night I asked him if he wanted to feed the dogs all on his own and he was very excited at the idea. He opened the door, scooped the perfect amount of food for our boy and placed it into his dish, scooped the perfect amount of food for our girl, placed it in her dish, returned the cup to the bag, and closed the door. I sat across the room and watched my very big boy taking care of his pups all on his own.
Today he's fed the dogs each time all on his own. I have just pulled a ball jar from the basement and marked it with a dry erase marker so that my little guy has his first chore jar. And now I have a decent use for the odd little wall cubby (that used to house the wall phone). I'll put a cotton ball in the jar each time he completes his chore (I'll include helping me to clean up his toys at the end of the day) and when the cotton balls reach the line he'll get a reward. For now I'm thinking I'll have him pick out a toy from the dollar store. I've only filled the jar for photographic purposes. He's got two cotton balls so far. It should only take a week for him to reach the line right now but I'll use something smaller than cotton balls and move the line up more once he has more than one chore.
My baby is growing up!
When he gets a little older I'll institute an allowance and I'll probably end up switching the big helper jar from "chores" to "kind unexpected acts."
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