Age Appropriate Chores for Kids
Parents often find it difficult to work when kids are around. The best way to tackle this problem is by giving the “Child” work according to his / her age. In the last section of my page, I have mentioned a table which has been forwarded to me by a colleague.
Task for Ages 2 – 3 years-
· Pick up bedsheets from floor
· Pick up toys in a basket
· Throw away trash
· Keep books in the book shelf
· Dust your own table
· Help fold clothes
Task for 3 – 4 years-
· Start making your own bed
· Clean under your bed
· Water the Plants
· Dust furniture of the house
· Put dirty clothes in the washing machine
· Wipe his dirty toys with wet cloth
Task for 5 – 6 years-
· Make your own bed
· Mop small part of the floor
· Make easy and basic snacks
· Empty the dishwasher
· Start folding clothes
· Clean his / her dirty shoes
Task for 6 – 7 years-
· Fold clothes
· Match socks
· Make a simple sandwhich eg. Cheese Sandwhich
· Keep his / her clothes properly in the cupboard
· Clear his / her own school bag
· Take a bath completely on their own
Task for 7 – 8 years-
· Clear the dish washer
· Bring basic grocery
· Keep basic grocery in proper place
· Wipe bathroom sink and vanity
· Keep garbage out
· Basic vacuuming
Task for 8 – 9 years-
· Make a list for grocery needed
· Watch younger sibblings for some time
· Help in cleaning the garden / backyard
· Help in cleaning the car
· Clean kitchen counter after basic use
· Operate the washing machine- load and start
I have tried and listed some of the chores which can be handled by kids. There is always a but-
· Be the example first- Teach your child to do the work before giving responsibility.
· Be reasonable with your expectations- They are kids at the end of the day. They will lack in perfection. You have to put in simple efforts to make it perfect.
· Consider a reward chart- This will be helpful in teaching a child initially and getting the work done faster.
· Have consequence without being harsh- If a child does not do a task, their should be basic consequence. The child should also know about it. Mental preparation is very important.
· Include homework and mandatory activities.
Don’t forget that kids have other obligations besides chores. Make sure there is plenty of time for homework and other mandatory activities. If you see that a child is struggling under the weight of all they have to do, consider removing some responsibilities or activities to relieve the burden.
· Make sure there are breaks- All work and no play. Kids become very bored and refuse to do it. Allow the kids to break up long chores. Surprise them by including fun activities in their chore charts. Slipping in a request for a swimming party among the regular chores can be very surprising and refreshing for them.