Chores for Children

September 21, 2017 by admin

Children Tidying

Now I’m not suggesting child labour, but there’s plenty of help a child can give around the home to make your lives a little easier.  Oh and also psychologists argue that when our children are given the chance to help us, they feel like fully-fledged members of the family, learn to be independent, and avoid becoming too daunted by notions of responsibility.  So that too.

With that in mind, here is a list of age appropriate household chores that your little and not-so-little angels can get involved with:

Ages 2-3

  • Put toys away
  • Straighten their bed in the morning
  • Put their clothes away
  • Help lay the table
  • Clean the table
  • Help with baking
  • Put their dirty clothes in the wash basket
  • Wipe up spills

Ages 4-5

  • All of the above and:
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Tidy up their bedroom
  • Water the houseplants
  • Water the outdoor plants
  • Match up socks and put away
  • Put clean laundry away

Ages 6-7

  • All of the above and:
  • Clean the bathroom sink and counters
  • Dust their bedroom
  • Help pack their school lunches
  • Collect rubbish from the bins ready for taking to the wheely bin
  • Pull up weeds and rake leaves
  • Help wash the car

Ages 8-9

  • All of the above and:
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Put groceries away
  • Help cook meals
  • Load the washing machine
  • Hang out washing
  • Iron basic items such as tea-towels

Ages 10-11

  • All of the above and:
  • Sort the recycling bins
  • Clean mirrors
  • Prepare simple meals
  • Clean toilets
  • Mop floors
  • Vacuum carpets
  • Do the washing up
  • Polish their shoes

Ages 12-Upwards

  • All of the above and:
  • Change their bed-linen
  • Scrub the stove and oven
  • Clean the fridge/freezer
  • Polish the windows
  • Make dinner for the whole family
  • Babysit younger siblings

Manage each stage well and by the time you have a teenager, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy some down time whilst the little rays-of-sunshine bring you a glass of wine and your favourite book, load up a darks wash and cook you dinner.

You’re welcome.

Relaxing with book and wine

*Note: for purposes of this post, assumption is children are reader’s own.

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