Age-Appropriate Chores for Children: What Every Parent Ought to Know

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children: What Every Parent Ought to Know

We all love watching our kids complete set tasks without assistance. It’s one of the little pride moments in parenthood. The challenge, though, is figuring out what chores to give them so they can complete them confidently.

Allowing your child to do a few things around the house is actually healthy for them, as long as it is all within reason. It isn’t “child labor” or “dangerous” to them, despite what some people may think. In fact, kids doing chores is actually ideal for their growth and can be a huge source of happiness, satisfaction and a feeling of appreciation knowing that you value their effort. Besides, it gives you as their parent confidence knowing that you are raising self-sufficient children.

By their 2nd or 3rd birthday, your little angel should be old enough to do one or two things around the house on their own. But how can you tell what chores will suit them best?

When to introduce age-appropriate chores

Having your kids do age-appropriate chores goes a long way in making them grow into responsible, well-rounded adults. Plus, it makes them feel important and valued as a major part of the family.

The appropriate age for children to do chores varies according to a number of factors. Let’s break this down:

Chore considerations

There are many methods that parents use to get their kids to do chores. For instance, some parents may come up with a chore chart or something similar while others may allocate everything on a board somewhere in the house. The ‘how’ doesn’t really matter that much as long as the chores get done.

Kids’ chores vary from house to house and child to child. From dusting baseboards and disinfecting doorknobs to prepping the dinner table, the actual roles differ from home to home. Plus, as they grow up, the chores they can do also become more advanced. So, a child may graduate from “cleaning the kitchen floor” to “making a simple dinner for three.”

When assigning chores to your kids, consider each child’s age, their maturity level, interests, as well as level of physical ability.

That being said, here is a look at some common age-appropriate chores for kids:

For 2-and-3-year-olds

Your little one will be a literal ball of energy, running around all over the place and eager to lend a helping hand whenever they can.

At this age, assign simpler, easier tasks. Let them help sort dirty laundry, arrange toys or even wipe up messes.

For 4-to-6-year-olds

Being preschool-aged kids who have probably done a few chores before, you shouldn’t hesitate to teach them a few more tasks. Preschoolers are energetic and like being around adults.

Try to find them chores that won’t need supervision. And remember to reward them for doing a good job each time.

Repetitive tasks work great for this age group. So, setting the table, sweeping the kitchen floor, carrying used dishes to the kitchen after a meal, and so forth, will all be instant hits with this crowd.

For 7-to-9-year-olds

By age seven, the enthusiasm will have started fading away and will be sadly getting replaced by constant boredom.

This is why the best chores here should be the ones that give your child the most pleasure. A few great examples include taking care of pets, assisting in getting breakfast ready, or even folding the laundry.

For 10-to-12-year-olds

This age group is becoming more independent and probably won’t appreciate constantly being told what to do. So, draw up a chore list chart that will do the reminding for you.

Kids at this age can handle tasks that require care and attention, such as washing the dishes, cleaning the car, cleaning the bathroom or even weeding the backyard garden.

Also, while it is important to reward them for a job well done, you’ll also need to make sure that they know that there will be consequences for absconding tasks. Take away privileges to instill discipline and responsibility.

Final Thoughts

There you have it. With this, you should be able to assign appropriate chores to your kids and have them well on their way to becoming responsible members of society.

Also, do not forget to “upgrade” the chores every few months. These little guys grow insanely fast!

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