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Assigning chores to kids gives them responsibility that builds character, self-esteem and work-ethic. Adding a few jobs to your child’s life is a responsibility for you too. You have to teach them to do these jobs, remind them to do them and check up to make sure that the job is well done. It’s a bit of a pain at first, but in the end you’ll have an army of busy bees who will make your home shine (and give you the help you need).

Chores for Kids

Here are a few chore ideas for each age group. Keep in mind, you know your child’s ability best:

Toddler (Ages 2-3)
  • Pick Up Toys (show them how)

  • Bring plate and cup to the sink after a meal

  • Straighten covers on the bed

  • Put dirty clothes into the hamper

  • Wipe up spills

Preschooler (Ages 4-5)
  • All Toddler jobs

  • Make the bed

  • Help put clothes in washing machine/dryer

  • Help put clothes away

  • Take out recycling

  • Dust

  • Feed animals

  • Water flowers

Elementary (Ages 6-8)
  • All Preschool & Toddler Jobs

  • Set table

  • Wash dishes in sink

  • Put clean clothes away on own

  • Collect garbage around the house

  • Sweep

  • Vacuum

  • Get mail

  • Put away groceries

  • Wash car

Older Elementary (Ages 9-11)
  • All Toddler, Preschool, & Elementary Jobs

  • Help in meal preparation

  • Clean bathroom sinks, counters, mirrors

  • Walk dogs

  • Take garbage cans to curb

  • Help make/pack lunch

  • Change sheets on bed

Middle School (Ages 12-14)
  • All above chores

  • Clean showers/tub

  • Dry clothes

  • Mop floors

  • Gardening

  • Help supervise younger children

Regardless, encouraging your children to help out around the house in these ways make them a valuable, contributing member of the family. Think of the self-worth & pride you are instilling in them.


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