by Miss Jocelyn Dixon
I have found that it’s easier to get something done if you have a helper to help you. You each have to have at least one siblings, whether older or younger than yourself.
Encouraging younger kids to help you in the kitchen or to clean something up is something that you should try to do all day long. Encouraging them to help you will instill in them the longing to be a servant to their family.
Making it fun is also a good idea. No one likes a task-master. Making a task fun takes the work out of working. Having a good attitude about cleaning and serving your family is important also. When the Littles see you serving your family with a happy attitude, then they will try it out. If you start out with a good attitude, and keep all the way through your task, then the Little Helper who is by your side will also have a good attitude.
Here is a list of things the Littles can help with around the house -
My two little brothers, who are 6 and 4, love to help dry dishes. Isaac (the 6-year-old) even washed two tubfuls of dishes by himself. Encourage them to make sure the dishes they can reach (such as baby cups and bowls and silverware) are put away.
*Doing the Laundry*
My brother and sisters help with the laundry. They are able to sort clothes by color or kind, put them into the washer and help me hang them on the line and take them down. Even if it’s too cold to hang out clothes on the line, putting the laundry into the washer and then into the dryer can be fun for the Little One who is helping you. Folding can also be fun, just make sure the Little who is helping you knows that playing and working needs to have a balance.
*Picking up their Toys*
Picking up toys can be as fun to a Little as playing with them. There are many ways to make it fun, all the while instilling that it is a task that must be done after playing. Here are some ideas to make picking up toys fun:
*Sing while picking up.
*Have a tub or toybox to toss them into, depending on the toys.
*Pick up types of toys first, like all the Legos.
*Pick toys up by color.
*Have a race between them to see who can pick them up faster.
*Time them and count how many toys they pick up.
*Teach them to work together, giving them each a specific job to do to help each other.
*Pick them up with them and laugh and play with them as you do!
*Sweeping the Floors*
My little sister, LucyLillie (who is almost 2) loves to help sweep the kitchen floor. She holds the dustpan while I sweep in the dirt. Though it is not as good as if you did it yourself, encouraging your younger sibling to sweep the floor will help to have someone else to do it. After she comes and tells you she is done, you can point out the places she missed and help to sweep them up.
The older Littles are able to use the vacuum, and they love to do that. Remembering to ask them is the key! We also need to not frustrate them, telling them of every thing they need to vacuum up, but rather, let them do it and show them what they miss when they are finished. My brothers love to vacuum!
*Helping With the Pets*
If you have a cat in the house or a bird, rabbit, or any other little animal, have a Little help you clean out the litter box and feed the cat. If you have a small or big dog, let a Little help you let him/her out to go to the bathroom, and then feed him/her. Having a Little help you take care of your pets will allow them to have a bit of responsibility.
*Making Lunch or Dinner*
If you are doing hamburger patties for dinner, let a Little help you make the patties. Having mashed potatoes? Let the Little put the cut and peeled potatoes into the pan of water. If you are making frozen veggies for dinner, cut open the bag and let the Little pour its contents into a pan. Letting the Little help you serve the food will be encouraging them to serve with a cheerful countenance.
*Helping with Outdoor Tasks*
My little brothers and sisters love to be outside. They don’t love to pick up the yard though or pull weeds. It is still important for them to learn to do it happily and even enjoy the fruit of their labours. Doing fun things, like planting seeds and watering (in other words, playing in the mud), feeding the goats and chickens, or digging a hole are already fun to them, but I came up with a creative way to have them help pick up trash, toys and other things in the yard. I made a game of it. They had a time limit to pick up as many things as possible and put them into their boxes, then gave them points for each thing. After giving them their points for the round, they had to put each thing where it went. They LOVED it!
It was fun to race the clock and hear the numbers go higher and higher as we counted their stuff. They didn’t even realize they were putting it away. It was a fun time, and they are more helpful since they could see their accomplishments!
As it says in *Proverbs 15:13, A glad heart makes a face happy, but heartache breaks the spirit.
Miss Jocelyn is an eighteen-year-old home school graduate with a passion for writing truth. She blogs from her heart at A Pondering Heart, designs blogs at A Pondering Heart Boutique, and owns and operates Feelin’ Feminine. She is also blesses her family as she writes for, designs, and helps mange Dixon family ministry websites, Gleaning the Harvest, Training Daughters Teaching Wives, Training Sons To Be Men, States and Countries Exploration, a history/geography site, and the bible study site, Studying the Word.