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Do you know the right age to develop life skills in kids? The only answer is to start young with an Age-Appropriate Chores list. Kids helping around at home has significant benefits in their development. Assigning chores to children makes them feel important and valued in the family. Making our children responsible for tasks at...

Do you know the right age to develop life skills in kids? The only answer is to start young with an Age-Appropriate Chores list. Kids helping around at home has significant benefits in their development. Assigning chores to children makes them feel important and valued in the family. Making our children responsible for tasks at an early age helps them learn work ethic, self-reliance, teamwork, time management, and other essential life lessons and abilities. Wow, it sounds like magic, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, we have consistently underestimated their capabilities. But, they can do wonders if we provide them with the right opportunities and guidance. Daily household chores are the simplest and most effective way of kids’ life skill development.

Still clueless about what all chores should we involve our children befitting their age. Let us walk through the ultimate list of age-appropriate chores for children.

 

#Age 2-3

Toddlers are basically “copy-cats”. They love copying us and are always ready to help. Never disappoint their enthusiasm. Involve them in different activities. You might have to spend more time on the activity with your little one. But, all is worth it since you are teaching them to be responsible. Here are the safe and easy chores you can involve your toddler under your supervision.

  • Pile up their toys and books on the shelves or respective organisers.
  • Help in making the bed.
  • Fill the empty bowl with food and water for the pets (if any).
  • Turn off lights and fans while leaving the room.
  • Say “Thank You” to teachers, mailmen, newspapermen, or anyone who offers anything good.
  • Place away dirty clothes in the laundry basket.
  • Clean their spill using a child napkin or socks.
  • Dust with a dry mop.

Children doing Chores

 

#Age 4-5

Your kids have developed better eye-hand coordination and can follow complex instructions. Preschoolers still learn by copying and have not lost the zest to help you. They might have mastered a few chores, gaining the ability to execute without your supervision. Kids might show more interest in some chores than others. It is time to introduce some additional chores, making them more accountable towards the family and housework.

  • Get dressed with minimal or no parental help.
  • Make their bed.
  • Set and clear table with adult supervision.
  • Dust and clean their room.
  • Take care of the food for the pet.
  • Water flowering pots.
  • Bring in the newspaper and mail.
  • Pull up the weeds in the garden.
  • Prepare a sandwich or toast under the direction.
  • Switch off the lights and fan while leaving any room.
  • Wash plastic dishes under guidance.

 

#Age 6-7

Your kid can now do a lot more complex tasks without much supervision. Kids can be involved in more physical jobs. As they become more independent, the idea of chores may become revolting to them. Some of them take them as their responsibility to feel like an integral part of the family. At the same time, others might feel lazy and try to avoid doing chores. Let us look at the additional chores for your kid.

  • Get dressed on your own (includes combing your hair)
  • Clean your room (Dusting, mopping, preparing the bed, arranging the toys and books.)
  • Preparing snacks for yourself.
  • Be responsible for your pet food and take them on a stroll.
  • Separate the laundry (whites and colored ones),
  • Fold your clothes (Make it fun by Totto Learning Activity)
  • Take the dishes after any meal.
  • Wash dishes.
  • Empty your trash.
  • Write “Thank You” notes.
  • Attend the phone and politely ask and note the message.
  • Go to the grocery and purchase small items. Then, help to sort the groceries.

 

#Age 8-9

Your kid is capable of fulfilling most of the responsibilities without supervision and reminders. Primary schoolers are advanced to learn the necessary skills to help around the house and be responsible in life. The rebel inside them may grow more robust and might cause little trouble to finish their chores. You have to keep with your patience. If you lose your calm and start ordering, they might stop doing any of the chores. Thus, try to make them understand the need to do chores. Let us look at the eligible list of chores for your kids.

  • Complete homework on their own.
  • Take bath
  • Prepare your breakfast.
  • Pack your lunch box.
  • Clean the table after meals.
  • Peel vegetables.
  • Dust and mop the floor.
  • Put away groceries.
  • Rake leaves
  • Clean bathroom under supervision

 

#Age (10-12)

Now you can have a chore chart for your family. Your kid can responsibly perform tasks without the parent’s intervention. You just have to check the chart once a while that the child does not miss out on any chores. Being middle schoolers, they are capable of doing tougher tasks like the ones listed below, in addition to the previous ones.

  • Organize their closet,
  • Answer the phone and note the message.
  • Make necessary calls on your own.
  • Prepare simple dishes without assistance.
  • Help in washing the car.
  • Be responsible for paying your school and tuition fee.
  • Wash windows and mirrors.
  • Try doing something nice for anyone feeling low or is sick.
  • Iron clothes.
  • Change their bedsheets.
  • Babysit younger siblings.
  • Clean your bathroom

This list is no bible to follow; this is only for reference to help you select the age-appropriate chores for your kids.  You can always change it according to your gut and what you feel is suitable for your child. 

Some parents may think of these as too much work for your kid. You are wrong there; if you don’t associate them with chores, you will be crippling their self-reliant ability. Teach your kid responsibility. Only if you raise the bar, your kid can rise above the bar. Once it becomes part of the daily routine, these will not be a burden on your kid.

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