Chores are something to get children used to from a young age, as it teaches them responsibility and helps prevent problems associated with “being spoiled.” Review the following chore suggestions and enjoy teaching your kids to be responsible…and giving yourself a break from the dishes:
Chores For Toddlers
There’s plenty of little things toddlers can do around the house to keep it tidy, including picking up their toys and putting them in the correct bins and containers, throwing trash in trash cans, helping clear the dinner table (safe, unbreakable items only), and placing stuffed animals back on their beds in the morning.
Chores For Preschoolers
Preschoolers can handle quite a bit more than their younger counterparts. Chore ideas include wiping down countertops, setting and clearing tables, putting dishes in the sink or dishwasher, using a hand broom to clean small, non-liquid messes, folding laundry and putting in away, and dusting. Other chore possibilities include helping to water the garden, bringing the newspaper in from outside, making beds, and putting books back on bookshelves. Preschoolers can also help you weed your gardens, though make sure to teach them which plants are weeds first!
Chores For Elementary School Kids
Now is a great time to have kids take on more challenging chores, such as helping you clean out the car or a hall closet. Teach them how to vacuum using handheld options, as regular-sized vacuums may be too much. However, handheld vacuums are great for vacuuming stairs in addition to cleaning up small messes. Elementary school kids are generally old enough to take care of pets, so have them take over feeding and watering Fido or Fluffy.
Chores For Tweens
Have tweens in the house? Have them perform chores such as cleaning the bathroom(s), raking leaves, planting and weeding flower beds, and doing the dishes. Tweens can also help you cook, such as chopping veggies for a pasta dish or making salads. Other chores for tweens include laundry, both theirs and yours, dusting entire rooms, and vacuuming with the “adult” vacuum.
Chores For Teens
Chores for teens are similar to those for tweens, though you can go a step further and assign teenagers to certain duties. Examples include car washing, first floor dusting, second floor dusting, laundry, dish washing, yard work, and vacuuming among others. They can also help you with large-scale cleaning and sorting projects, such as those that involve the garage, basement, or attic.