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Chores for children

Age appropriate chores for children.
Age appropriate chores for children.
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This may sound like a charity group in support of children’s rights, however; as parents we are all faced with the question of age appropriateness of our children’s experiences. School is almost out and summer vacation brings boredom and the search for things to do. Having chores for children to do will provide answers to the ever asked question, “I’m bored, what should we do?” Games, toys, books and movies are labeled with suggestions as to their contents and age suitability. Clothes, shoes and even foods are “age suggested”. It seems to be up to the parents to decide on how old their child should be before receiving an allowance and/or doing chores. Here’s a list of tasks that sets some guidelines for those who aren’t sure:

For Ages 2-3

  • Picking up toys and put into a toy box
  • Stacking books on a shelf
  • Picking up dirty clothes and put into a laundry hamper
  • Throwing away trash
  • Carry firewood
  • Folding washcloths and simple articles of clothing such as matching socks
  • Setting the table
  • Dusting baseboards

For Ages 4-5

  • Spraying and disinfecting doorknobs
  • Watering houseplants
  • Feeding pets
  • Clearing the kitchen table
  • Making his or her bed
  • Using a hand-held vacuum
  • Sorting clean silverware
  • Wiping up spills
  • Straightening up his or her bedroom, putting away toys and clothes, etc.
  • Preparing simple lunches or snacks

For Ages 6-7

  • Gathering and Taking out trash
  • Replacing toilet paper rolls
  • Folding towels
  • Making salad
  • Dust mop or sweeping floors
  • Raking leaves and pulling leaves
  • Emptying the dishwasher

Ages 8-9

  • Loading the dishwasher
  • Clearing and wiping off the table
  • Washing laundry
  • Walking the dog
  • Baking cookies, scrambling eggs and other simple cooking chores such as grilled cheese, etc.
  • Hang up and fold clothes
  • Dusting furniture
  • Putting groceries away

Ages 10-11

  • Sweeping out the garage
  • Mowing the Lawn
  • Cleaning countertops, kitchens and bathrooms
  • Vacuuming
  • Bringing in mail
  • Preparing simple meals

Ages 12 +

  • Mopping floors
  • Changing light bulbs
  • Washing windows
  • Baking bread, cakes, brownies, etc.
  • Washing windows
  • Washing and vacuuming a car
  • Trimming hedges
  • Painting walls under supervision
  • Learning simple home repairs
  • Babysitting younger siblings

Parents know their children best. Always use your best judgment as to what or how much your child can handle. We want to challenge them without stressing them to their limits. As for allowance, well that’s another article.

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