KIDS CHORES

KIDS CHORES

Doing chores is a tradition in many families.Certainly was when I was a kid  , I remember I and my sis would fight over chores so that one of us could get some extra money to buy something that we wanted  !!

 Chores help kids learn responsibility, and sharing chores gives you help around the house.

These are merely guidelines—your child may do more or less. Knowing that learning life skills is a process, don’t expect perfection from your kid . The intent here is to give you ideas to try out in your family.

The following chart gives some ideas of what is possible at what ages. also a BLANK PRINTABLE .

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

Your child may be able to do more than you think.  In general,  preschoolers can handle one or two simple one-step or two-step jobs. Older children can manage more. 

Here are some ideas on kids’ chores by age:

CHORES FOR CHILDREN AGES —2 TO 3 years 

  • Put toys away
  • Put clothes in hamper
  • Wipe up spills
  • Dust
  • Pile books and magazines

CHORES FOR CHILDREN AGES——- 4 TO 5 years 

Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Make their bed
  • Empty wastebaskets
  • Bring in mail or newspaper
  • Clear table
  • Pull weeds, if you have a garden
  • Water flowers
  • Unload utensils from dishwasher
  • Fix bowl of cereal

CHORES FOR CHILDREN AGES —6 TO 7 years 

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Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Sort laundry
  • Sweep floors
  • Set and clear table
  • Help make and pack lunch
  • Weed and rake leaves
  • Keep bedroom tidy

CHORES FOR CHILDREN AGES —8 TO 9 years 

Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Load dishwasher
  • Put away groceries
  • Help make dinner
  • Make own snacks
  • Wash table after meals
  • Put away own laundry
  • Make own breakfast
  • Peel vegetables
  • Cook simple foods, such as toast ( they can defy do this )
  • Mop floor
  • Take pet for a walk

CHORES FOR CHILDREN AGES 10 AND OLDER.

Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Unload dishwasher
  • Fold laundry
  • Clean bathroom
  • Wash windows
  • Wash car
  • Cook simple meal with supervision
  • Iron clothes
  • Do laundry
  • Baby-sit younger siblings (with adult in the home)
  • Clean kitchen
  • Change their bed sheets

 This below is Poohcoo’s Chore chart , I have put it up on my fridge where its easily accessible to her and she remembers to do it too!

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Not sure your kids will go for it? Take heart!  Here is a fun way of downloading their fav character and making chores more fun ! check out these 2 websites below !

http://www.dltk-cards.com/chart/

https://in.pinterest.com/famzoo/creative-chore-charts/

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There are ways to make chores a little bit, well, less of a chore for everyone.I hope that helped you to create some age Appropriate chores for kids.

I would LOVE to hear what chores you have your children do in your house!!  I am always revisiting our chores and editing them to their ages.

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HELPING HANDS & MAKING MEMORIES !!

Make Your Kids Part of the Cleaning Routine . But though it can be challenging to keep things clean, neat, and orderly when you’ve got young children at home, it’s not impossible. In fact, the secret is to make your kids part of the solution, rather than the problem. here are a few tricks and tips for u to get help from little helping hands !

1. Have Realistic Expectations.

To a child, asking them to “clean a room” is an overwhelming and confusing thought  they often have trouble understanding . Asking them to put away their clean clothes away or to clear off a play area  are likely more manageable expectations and will eventually lead to better help with keeping a cleaning routine.

2. Set Timers.

I don’t know about your kids but mine works much more efficiently with deadlines. If I asked her to pick up all the toys off the floor and return them to where they belong, it might take all afternoon because she would become distracted by playing with them. But if I set a timer for 15 minutes, the task was over and done 15 minutes later. We called our timed cleaning tasks as “cleaning  fairies ” and it turned what might feel like a chore into a fun game. And as a long term bonus it taught her  to become independent and  efficient!

3.Have A Place for Everything.

 By regularly purging excess and having a clear place for everything, I hoped to teach my kid to be successful not only with daily cleaning but understanding the need for keeping only what you need and basic organizational skills. Then automatically she started doing things like she has always done them !

4. Set Aside A Time for Daily Cleaning.

Once a month cleaning and weekend cleaning plans did not work at our house. For awhile we tried Saturday cleaning and it pretty much ruined our weekend. Once I realized that I didn’t enjoy letting all the housework pile up to be dealt with on Saturday, everything changed around our house. A little bit of upkeep every day helped my whole family to become people who generally just picked up after ourselves regularly, rather than waiting until “heavy cleaning day.”

5. Rewards, Memory Making and End of the Week Fun.

It is so important to make living fun and memorable. I never wanted Poohcoo to have more memories of “cleaning days” and “chores” than of regular family fun and I really like teaching  her about the rewards of hard work and daily discipline. So I reward her every Friday ,after her whole week of tasks are done ,we go through our Chore List and enjoy the rewards by way of ICE-CREAM!!! imagesSo while this battle may not be worth the effort–or even feasible–for everyone, I can say without hesitation that it was most definitely worth it for us, not simply for the clean room, but for the character it is instilling in them….and in me.