I have a huge extended family. I mean huge. A small family dinner when I head to California is easily 30 people. It's fun, messy, loud and chaotic and I can't imagine it any other way. Everyone, even the little kids had responsibilities in our family. Because, as the hubs says, the aftermath of our get togethers qualify for FEMA relief. I began to wonder how I would implement this in my own home.
As I visited my friends and relatives I began to notice that most of the little kids had no responsibilities. I was heavily pregnant with R3, and little things, like picking up toddler toys, was difficult. At this point the Honeybadger was almost two, and she was assigned kid pick-up things. That's how it started at our house. I'm not saying it was every day, but definitely the majority of the time. I was not going back to the toy area after bed to clean up after my sweet girl.
After a while we began to notice that she really enjoyed having jobs. We added more as she got older: putting her dirty clothes into the hamper, transferring the clothes from the washer and the dryer, and putting away my clean dish towels. That one was a bit hard for me because I had to relinquish the neatness of my drawer, but she just got so much pleasure out of it.