Things I can do with a toddler:
Sort, load, wash, dry, fold and put away laundry.
Wash dishes, put away dishes, load dishwasher, unload dishwasher.
Gather veggies, wash, chop and put into the pot.
Weed the garden.
Sweep sidewalks, rake leaves, shovel snow outside.
Wash the floor, cupboards, stove, dishwasher, refridgerator.
Refill bean jars from the bulk bags.
Teach Algebra, Chemistry, Vocbulary, and monitor Spanish.
Clean the bathroom.
The key is to break the job into little parts so Amanda can participate- carrying a pot from the drying rack to the cupboard, taking potatoes out of the drawer, carrying the folded towels to the drawer. I either showed her hand-over-hand what she was to do or she just copied me. She has recently discovered how to stand nicely at the sink. She stands on a captain's chair and we put boat cushions behind her to keep her from falling backward. Some chores are done best with her wrapped on my back. I also use only mild cleaners and have trained her to obey.
My favorite part of working with Amada is when she leans over, wraps her arm around me, and says, "Awwww!" To which I always say, "Awww! I love you, too!" and give her a kiss.
There are some jobs that just can't be accomplished until she goes to bed:
Working on our profile.
Math, Chemistry and vocabulary corrections.
Teaching Madsen Method.
Teach writing class.
Writing letters or paying bills.
Sewing or any other craft.
With a little planning and creativity, caring for a new baby will certainly fall into the first category. I can't really predict how Amanda will react, but as long as she can still be close to me and really participate in what I am doing, she will truly enjoy having a real little baby to love.