Age Appropriate Chores

Child Washing Dishes

Parents love it when children help around the house. It alleviates the stress, and it teaches them a valuable lesson; teamwork and responsibility. But some parents might wonder what sort of tasks are appropriate for their little one. Of course, you shouldn’t throw a large task like washing the dishes for children at the age of 2-3. Know what age is appropriate for children as they grow.

Ages 2-3 Years Old

Toddlers are a joy especially because they love helping. Be aware that their efforts may be little, but they go a long way especially when you’re trying to build a habit for them. As they learn, they visually remember their success so make sure to reward them when they did an excellent job. A simple sticker goes a long way.

  • Wipe front of trash
  • Assist in setting the table
  • Fold washcloths
  • Pick up toys
  • Throw diapers in the garbage can
  • Clean messes

Ages 4-5 Years Old

The incredible part about preschool children is they’re still motivated to help around the house. Because they like having one-on-one time with adults, they’re inclined to learn things around the house, and they usually love doing it. They don’t need constant supervision around this age but make sure you give them rewards. It doesn’t have to be too big. Of course, at this age, tying chores with an allowance is a good thing.

  • Fold towels
  • Wipe down dirty walls
  • Clean off table
  • Sweep kitchen floor
  • Help clean bedroom
  • Straighten books
  • Put away toys
  • All previous chores

Age 6-8 Years Old

Enthusiasm might begin to diminish at this point, but take advantage of some of the qualities. Children around this age desire independence so make sure to utilize that. Guide them in becoming self-sufficient by conducting a chore chart that they can keep track for responsibilities. It’s good to note that when children see tasks that have been completed, this usually motivates them to do more.

  • Put clothes from washer to dryer
  • Take clothes out of dryer
  • Wash light loads of dishes
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Sweep floors
  • Fold laundry
  • Take care of pets
  • All previous chores

Ages 9-12 Years Old

Around this age, you’ll begin to see a short fuse. Try not to throw unexpected duties their way without creating a schedule. If new tasks need to be implemented, slowly add them. With this system, it’s necessary to combine rewards but consequences to negativity.

  • Vacuum
  • Empty trash in the house
  • Organize toy cabinets
  • Make easy meals
  • Help watch younger siblings
  • Tidy room
  • Mop floors
  • Help with meal prep
  • Wash dishes
  • All previous chores

Ages 13+ Years Old

As long as they’re directed and taught correctly, most teenagers are capable of nearly all tasks in the home. One thing to keep in mind is that they can get a bit overwhelmed as they balance home and school. Try to be realistic in maintaining their workload.

  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Make dinner meals alone
  • Clean shower and tub
  • Wash windows
  • Replace vacuum cleaner bags and light bulbs
  • Prepare grocery lists
  • All previous chores
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