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Monday November 18th 2019

Chores For Kids Of All Ages

If you read the first article you now know that chores will not kill your children and will in fact give them some good habits they can take out into life with them. The next question is what chores are appropriate for your own kids. Most parents are aware of what their kids can do but some are still surprised at their abilities. Kids will tell you they can’t do it because they don’t want to do chores but the chart below is pretty accurate. There may be some kids in the age groups that can’t do the one or two of the chores but there is at least 1 or 2 they can do. Work with your kids to find out which chores go best with your child. Don’t let them fool you into believing they just can’t do it.

Ages 2 and 3

Toddlers can be great little helpers when they want to be. Sometimes their idea of help and yours are not always the same. Setting up some chores for them is a great way to spend time with your little one and lay some pretty decent groundwork for their future. Sticker charts are a great way to reward this age group for the chores they do. Keep in mind that they won’t be perfect at it and will need your help. You were going to do on your own so don’t be annoyed if you have to do the job over. With this age group it is more about effort than results.

Chores 2-3 year old can do:
* Make the bed with help
* Put away toys and books
* Dust with old socks on their hands or feet (if you have wood type or tile flooring)
* Wipe up smaller messes – bigger messes with help
* Help feed and water plants and pets
* Help with getting laundry and putting it away

Ages 4 and 5

The preschool set are the most helpful with the least amount of resistance. Once they get older chore avoidance comes into play. At this age you usually don’t have to constantly supervise the chores or follow behind and redo them. Don’t expect perfection though. Some parents find allowance is appropriate at this age but it really is a personal choice. See the article on allowance for some great tips here.

Chores preschoolers can do along with the ones above:

* Help carrying in and putting away groceries
* Set and clear the table
* Help with preparing and cooking meals
* Emptying smaller trash cans to a bigger one

Ages 6-8

Now is the time when kids start to actively avoid chores especially if a foundation has not been set. If you start the kids out young by this age it is routine although you will find rebellion. Quell the rebellion when it starts (TBA) some tips on how to get kids to do chores. Now is a good time to start tracking chores and having a consequence for chores not being done. Some age appropriate consequences can be found here.

A word about allowance. I have a different view when it comes to allowance. Please see the next article for a more thorough explanation but essentially I use allowance as a way to teach commerce rather than a reward for doing a chore. At this age money is still not a big deal so it isn’t always the great motivator people think it is.

Chores they can do along with the ones above:
* Fold and put away laundry (can start learning how to wash and dry)
* Vacuum (some say mop but I think the chemicals are still a bit much for this age group)
* Take out trash
* Take care of a pet (feed/water/clean up after/walk a pet)
* Minor yard work (pull weeds/water outdoor plants)
* Load and unload the dishwasher with help

Ages 9-12

Preteens are fun. They mostly dislike chores but have begun to appreciate the money chores can bring in. Rewards don’t always have to be money. If you are on a tight budget you can offer alternate solutions (TBA). Consequences are a must. It is helpful to set up a routine and stick with it. That doesn’t mean chores can’t be rotated if you have more than one child but try to keep it on a pretty consistent schedule.

Chores preteens can do along with the ones above:
* Clean and put away dishes (with a dishwasher or by hand)
* Prepare simpler meals (good time to start teaching them more complicated meals)
* Mop
* Clean the bathroom
* Yard work (mowing/raking leaves/shoveling snow)
* Doing the laundry from start to finish
Clean their room
* Help with the grocery shopping (preparing the list and choosing appropriate items)

Ages 13-17

Teenagers are capable of doing any household chore. The one thing you have to consider is education. Teenagers also have the greatest work load where school is concerned. School year chores and summer/vacation chores should vary. Once the school year starts set and adjust the chore schedule in line with their school work load. It is nice to have a clean and smoothly running home but not at the expense of your child’s education.

Chores teenagers can do along with the ones above (anything is really the answer but I will list some as well):

* Prepare meals (might need help depending on how complicated)
* All types of yard work
* Babysitting (yes this is a chore…when you need to run to the store or a break and it’s a good skill to learn even for boys)
* Grocery shopping

A good thing to remember when assigning chores is your child’s ability. Some children mature faster than others and can handle more complicated chores at a younger age whereas others cannot. The list above is pretty accurate but only you know what your child is capable of. If you are unsure, have them try to do the chore a few times and see how it works out…try not to assume it just can’t be done. As kids get older some mature and do chores without a problem where others rebel and rebel and rebel it seems no matter what you do. Stick with it and start when their young and you will lay a good foundation for them continue when they are on their own.

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