I believe that chores can have an impactful and lasting effect on your kids, at any age.
Allowing your children some form of responsibility on a scale that suits their age allows them to feel that they're contributing at home, which they naturally love. It also creates respect, discipline and great work ethic!
Each of my kids have their own 'chores', appropriate to their age, and allowing them to help in their own ways around the household.
HERE ARE SOME AGE-APPROPRIATE CHORES TO INTRODUCE TO YOUR KIDS:
This is an age you still supervise chores, and is about teaching them the motions of doing daily things.
- Pick up and put away toys
- Throw rubbish in the bin
- Put dirty clothes in the washing basket
- Put shoes away
A little more responsibility - this is a great age to introduce a chore chart.
- Feed pets
- Water plants
- Help clean up spills and wipe down benches
- Prepare snacks (try some of the kid approved recipes from My Kids Eat Volume 2)
- Get dressed with minimal help
- Wash hands
Some of these chores can be daily - remind them it is a daily task until it becomes a natural habit.
- Make the bed
- Set and clear the table with supervision
- Dry dishes
- Fold towels
- Replace toilet paper rolls
- Weed garden
- Rake leaves
This is where less supervision is needed, and kids can independently go about their chores.
- Load the dishwasher
- Put groceries away
- Hang and fold clothes
- Wipe up the dinner table
- Clean the bedroom
This is a great age to introduce 'bigger' tasks.
- Bring in the mail
- Help wash the car
- Prepare school lunches like my Chicken Sushi Rolls.
- Walk the dog
- Mop floors
- Cook dinner for the family (here's my Chicken Meatballs from MKEV2)
- Wash laundry
- Change sheets
Children really are creatures of habit, so having an easy-to-see chores routine guide for them will make your home run a lot smoother.
Got any other handy chores? Drop them in the comments below!