Dinner time can be complete chaos with toddlers. The kids are hungry/bored and mommy needs to focus on getting dinner ready so we can eat on time. A couple months ago I decided maybe if they can “help” get everything ready for dinner, then they will be occupied while I make dinner and it’d actually be productive. So we worked a little chore for them into our pre-dinner routine.
They get to “set the table” each night! They each set their own place setting complete with a spoon/fork, napkin, cup, and plate. And together they help get baby sister setup too.
We’ve dedicated two lower drawers to everything they need.
They are always so proud that they set the table themselves. I love how they use their napkins just like mommy and daddy!
Post dinner they then scrape their plate and put it in the sink. These chores are super simple, and 2.5 year olds love to “help”, so seize the opportunity!