Dreadful household chores can add up. Especially if both parents work all day. There is no reason your children can not help you with a lot of the chores around the house. Chores are good for children. It is good for children to understand what it takes to run a house hold. It also teaches children real world skills they will need as an adult living on their own. I have four children at home that have a chore list that has to be accomplished every week. Chores have to be completed before they can move on to do the fun things they want to do. Here are some tips on children doing chores as well as what chores are appropriate for what age.
How to Get Your Kids to do Chores
Should your kids have to do chores? Is your child was old enough to do chores? Take a look at chores that are applicable at different ages and reasons to do them.
Should Kids Have to do Chores?
I am a firm believer that doing chores is a good thing for kids. Along with teaching them what goes into running a household and real world skills that they will need as an adult, it helps them build confidence. Can you imagine your child going away to college not knowing how to do laundry or wash a dish? They need to learn to do these things and your home is the best place for them to learn.
My Child Doesn't Know How to do Anything!
Don't worry that your child may not know how to do something. Learning is doing. I would suggest that you show them how to do a task taking it step by step the first time. Then watch them do it the next time around making suggestions as necessary. Then let them do it on their own. Try not to criticize them if they do it wrong. Make suggestions on the right way to do it and help them to do it correctly. They will get the hang of it soon. Remember, these are the children that can figure out all these complicated video games and can operate a computer better than you. I think they will get the hang of folding towels eventually.
I Can't Get My Kids to do Anything Around the House
Here are some tips on getting your kids to help out around the house:
- Have your kids participate in what chores they are assigned to do. It helps if they enjoy doing a task. You will have to decide if two of them fight over a certain chore or even have them alternate each week on who gets to do it.
- Be specific with what the chores are. Don't say, “Clean your room”. Tell them to “make up their bed” or “put clothes away”.
- Keep a list visible with some type of reward system in place. Give each chore a deadline of when it should be completed. Also include a place to check off when the chore is completed so they will have some sense of accomplishment when it is completed.
- Praise them along the way for doing such a good job with their chores. Don't forget to do this. It really helps with their self esteem and makes them feel like they are a part of something.
- Ask them for help instead of insisting that they do something. They will be more likely to cooperate if they are asked. You will most likely still have to remind them to get their chores done. Be careful not to nag. Nobody likes to be nagged about doing something. Remind them that they can go outside and play after the towels get folded.
Chore Related Books
|Chore Wars: How Households Can Share the Work & Keep the Peace|
Based on the article the author wrote for Special Reports, this book is a practical guide to getting things done around the house, offering sound and sage advice to help ...
|The Chore Board: A Helping-Around-the-House Game|
Even the most reluctant household helpers will be clamoring to clean with The Chore Board. Parents just pick a reward for each child, and then every well-done job moves the ...
|Raising Able: How chores empower families|
Set up a chore system in your home so you can retire from being the house servant while empowering your children. Young people will learn self-discipline, responsibility and ...
|The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores|
Papa Bear and the cubs are having some trouble with chores—they don't want to do them! When they decide to take a break from cleaning, Mama Bear plays along. But what will ...
Age Appropriate Chores
Remember, all kids are different. You may be able to get your 3 year old to do things that a 5 year old can do. It is really up to you and your child. These are just general guidelines.
Age 2-3 years old
- put their toys away
- put food in pet's food dish
- put their clothes in a clothes hamper
- pick up their trash and throw away
Chore Charts to Help Track Completed Chores
|Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magnetic Responsibility Chart.|
|Board Dudes Magnetic Dry Erase Rewards Chore Chart (11020-4)|
|Stars Chore Charts|
|Fridgelife Chore Magnets. MP3368|
Age 4-5 years old
- any of the chores above
- empty smaller trash cans into a larger one
- clear the table
- make up their own bed
- hand you dishes from the dish washer
Age 6-7 years old
- any of the chores above
- sort laundry
- keep their bedroom clean
- set table and clear table
Age 8-10 years old
- any of the chores above
- load and unload the dishwasher
- mop and sweep floor
- wipe down table and counters after a meal
Age 11 and older
- any of chores above
- change bedding
- fold clothes and put away
- clean sinks and toilets
Remember to allow the children to take part in picking their chores and praise them for doing a good job. Doing chores will teach them skills they will use for a life time. Have fun with it!