The subject of chores for kids is a difficult one. Difficult for the kids because they would prefer a chore-free world. Difficult for the parents to find the right ones and then make sure the work is done.
The good news is that the whole family benefits when chores are distributed! Kids Activities Blog is excited to tackle this subject.
No matter what time of year it might be, a routine can help keep things organized! Oh my beloved routine! Part of routine at my house means the children start a new batch of chores.
I think the word itself has such a negative connotation. I firmly believe that every member of the family contributes to helping run/maintain the household and each of my children have a part in that. They need these responsibilities and life lessons, so I don’t send them out into the world helpless.
Kids Chores By Age
Each school year, chores change for each child based on their grade and maturity level. As a mom, you know what your child can or can’t handle. Middle school girls can do their own laundry…middle school boys? That’s questionable. And I always have to remind myself, don’t fret if they do a horrible job with a task. Have patience and show them how to do it – they will get it eventually.
Lastly, don’t give in when they whine or complain. My children know it is expected of them. And the earlier you start, the more normal it is for them to help out around the house.
Here are a few chore ideas for each age group. Keep in mind, you know your child’s ability best:
Toddler Chores (Ages 2-3)
- Pick Up Toys (show them how)
- Bring plate and cup to the sink after a meal
- Straighten covers on the bed
- Put dirty clothes into the hamper
- Wipe up spills
Preschooler Chores (Ages 4-5)
- All Toddler jobs
- Make the bed
- Help put clothes in washing machine/dryer
- Help put clothes away
- Take out recycling
- Load dishes into dishwasher
- Feed animals
- Water flowers
Elementary Kids Chores (Ages 6-8)
- All Preschool & Toddler Jobs
- Set table
- Wash dishes in sink
- Put clean clothes away on own
- Collect garbage around the house
- Get mail
- Rake leaves
- Put away groceries
- Wash car
Older Elementary (Ages 9-11)
- All Toddler, Preschool, & Elementary Jobs
- Help in meal preparation
- Clean toilets
- Clean bathroom sinks, counters, mirrors
- Walk dogs
- Take garbage cans to curb
- Mow lawn
- Clean animal cages
- Shovel snow
- Help make/pack lunch
- Change sheets on bed
Here is a whole list of age appropriate pet chores to try!
Middle School (Ages 12-14)
- All above chores
- Clean showers/tub
- Wash/Dry clothes
- Mop floors
- Gardening/Yard work
- Help supervise younger children
How you plan your week’s worth of chores and motivate your children to complete their tasks (i.e. allowance?) is up to you. There are lots of great ideas out there to try and with 3 children, I have tried a lot. It simply comes down to what works best for your family. If you’re having trouble getting your kids to do their chores, try these tips.
Regardless, encouraging your children to help out around the house in these ways make them a valuable, contributing member of the family. Think of the self-worth & pride you are instilling in them.