One of the milestones in a child’s life is learning all about responsibility. When they are young, it’s easy to start with small tasks such as picking up their toys. However, as they get older, it can be hard determining what they should be able to do but now you can stop worrying because Experts Say Your 8-Year-Old Should Know How to Do Laundry among other things…
Experts Say Your 8-Year-Old Should Know How to Do Laundry
According to a recent poll conducted by Braun Research and commissioned by Whirlpool, 82% of the American parents surveyed said they regularly did chores as kids, but only 28% give their own children chores now.
Why exactly is this?
Well, according to child development expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa, many moms and dads today believe that their kids are too busy with homework and extracurriculars to be burdened with chores.
However, according to a report on Today, Dr. Gilboa thinks regular chores are the best way to raise kids to be “problem solvers of good character.”
She even gave a full list of chores that your kids should know how to do by a certain age:
Ages 18 months to 3 years old:
Dr. Gilboa says children want to be “big kids” and this phase of budding independence is a perfect time to start having them help with household duties. Start them off small-for example, try letting him or her hold the dustpan as you sweep, Dr. Gilboa suggests.
Ages 4 to 5 years old:
Give your child small tasks that he or she can do on their own, like picking up toys.
Ages 6 to 8 years old:
At this age, weekly chores should be given and Dr. Gilboa says daily tasks are even better.
As far as what chores to assign your child, an 8-year-old is perfectly capable of doing the laundry, according to Dr. Gilbert, whose own son is an expert at clothes-cleaning duties. He even made a how-to video about it: