Don’t shy away from giving your kids some age appropriate household chores. These chores will help raise children who are not spoiled, who work hard, and who know how to help out at home.
If you are constantly doing the dishes and other chores at home, your kids are absolved from doing any work. They also won’t be learning how to contribute to the household, and that everyone has a role to play at home.
When giving your kids chores to do at home, you need to make sure they are age-appropriate. You can’t ask a 3-year-old to do dishes. A 10-year-old also needs more important chores than putting their books away.
Chores For Ages 2 & 3
Toddlers love helping around the house. They might not be very helpful at first, but encouraging them to find helping fun is a good way to keep the habit going. Visual reminders are good at this age, to help them see their work and success.
You will probably have to help them with their chores, but it is a good start.
- Pick up toys and put away books.
- Help you make the bed.
- Help feed the pets.
- Put laundry in the laundry basket.
- Help wipe counters.
- Mop the floor with your help (small areas).
- Dust counters with socks over their hands.
Chores For Ages 4 & 5
Kids in pre-school are still fairly motivated to help you clean the house, and respond incredibly well to praise and positive reinforcement. They still really love individual time with their parents, so spend some time together to teach them how to do some new chores.
Pre-schoolers will respond well to reward charts for chores, so sit with them and decorate one together.
- Dust countertops and shelves.
- Help cooking dinner.
- Carrying groceries from the car.
- Putting groceries away at home.
- Sweeping the floors.
Chores For Ages 6 & 8
As your children hit school, they might not be as eager to help with chores as before. However, at this age, they are wanting to be more independent. Help guide them to be more self-sufficient with their chores, but still, help them track responsibilities with a chart.
- Feed and take care of pets.
- Take out the trash.
- Vacuum and mop the floors.
- Fold and put away laundry.
Chores For Ages 9 & 12
This age becomes a little trickier. You need to keep a schedule and set expectations. If you start giving them unexpected work, you can expect a mini-riot. Find a system that works for your whole family, and include some positive and negative consequences for a chore chart.
- Wash dishes or load the dishwasher.
- Wash the car.
- Clean the bathroom.
- Cook simple dishes.
- Rake leaves in the garden.
Chores For Ages 13 & 18
If you have taught your kids how to do some chores properly, at this age they should be able to tackle almost any chore at home. Just be aware that they might have a busy schedule at school so do not overwhelm them with chores and responsibilities.
- Do their own laundry.
- Wash the windows.
- Prepare a grocery list.
- Replace lightbulbs.
- Clean out the refrigerator.
- Prepare meals.
Chores For The Family
Not only is giving kids chores teaching them a life skill, but they will be pitching in and doing their part, and hopefully allowing you to clean less around the house!
Set up a colourful chore chart for each kid and give them the encouragement they need to stick to it!