Children need to be given real tools so that they are able to participate fully in the life of a family. I am a huge proponent of dramatic play/free- play, so there is a place for pretend teacups and saucers, or a pretend kitchen set, but when it comes to encouraging children to be contributing members of the family, real is always preferred over the pretend.
We have a small broom and dustpan in the dining room for our son so that he is able to sweep up after himself. We have a small push vac so that he can help vacuum the rugs. We have a child sized push broom outside to help sweep the driveway of all of the twigs and sweet gum seed balls. There are so many ways that you can include your child into your daily routines. They watch everything that we do and often copy or mimic us- now is the time to encourage their involvement in your home life.
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Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.