Chores - Start’em Young

Roo Parenting//October 3, 2018

Don’t shy away from giving your kids chores. Chores have many benefits for parents and kids - they encourage independence, promote satisfaction, develop life skills, help get things done around the house and naturally instill the felling of gratitude because children are contributing to the household and they receive your appreciation for helping out. This feels good, encouraging your kids to share this good feeling when others help them out.

Don’t be afraid to start your kids young! Children as young as 18 months can start helping out around the house. Below is a list of age appropriate chores.

 Toddlers (18 months – 3 years)

  • Tidy up – put shoes or toys away in a bin

  • Follow directions to put things away (ex. Can you put this bag by the front door?)

 Preschoolers (3-5 years)

  • Set the table

  • Clear dishes

  • Put laundry away

  • Sort clothes for washing

  • Make bed

  • Clean bedroom

  • Water flowers

 School Age (6-10 years)

  • Load dishwasher

  • Sweep floor

  • Take out and put away garbage pails

  • Fold laundry

  • Rake leaves or shovel snow

 Tips to help get your kids to do their chores:

  1. In the beginning do the chore with your kids, this will help your kids understand the chore and the skills needed to complete the job.

  2. Don’t micromanage! Over time and with practice your child will get better at completing their chores – if their bed is made but not with tight corners don’t sweat it – focus on the process not the product!

  3. Keep it simple. Too many chores is overwhelming - 3-4 chores a day is enough!

  4. Communicate chores in an age appropriate way. This helps kids know what is expected of them and puts them in control of getting the chores done.

  5.  Remember to say thank you! Thank your kids for completing their chore. This will feel good and may encourage them to start saying “thank you” to you when you help them out.