Are your kids idling around at home? Get them on their feet by assigning them household chores! There are plenty of benefits to having your kids help out at home from a young age – they’re able to learn valuable skills such as respect, responsibility, and independence.
Chores also allow your family to work better together. When your kids help you out, household tasks will be completed faster and the remaining time can be used for family bonding.
The key to successfully training your kids to do chores is to start with simple tasks at a young age, and giving them tougher tasks as they grow older. Read on to find out what are the different age-appropriate tasks for different age groups!
How To Motivate Your Children To Do Chores
If you find yourself arguing with your kids every time you task them with a household chore, here are some practical tips to motivate them to complete their tasks!
- Create a chore chart: Allow your kids to choose their chore as they would be more inclined to execute them. Have a column for parents as well on the chart – your kids need to understand that their parents have chores to do too. Click on the images below for more inspiration!
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- Implement a reward system: Kids need the motivation to do their chores. Have a star or point system – once they’ve collected enough points, they can trade it for something else such as a movie night out or family meals. As for monetary rewards, it’s advisable to give them to older kids as they complete additional tasks.
- Praise them: As your kid is completing his/her tasks, praise them for a job well done. Your praises will build positive momentum, encouraging them to work harder.
- Give specific instructions: Vague instructions such as “clean your room” leaves room for interpretation. Instead, give clear instructions like “make your bed” or “arrange your books” so your kids know exactly what to do.
- Have a training period: Give your kids a step-by-step demonstration of the chore at the start. After that, let them help you before allowing them to do it themselves without supervision.
With these tips in mind, here’s the list of age-appropriate household chores for the various age groups!
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Click on the links below to navigate to the various age groups and their appropriate household chores!
- Ages 2 to 3-Years-Old
- Ages 4 to 5-Years-Old
- Ages 6 to 8-Years-Old
- Ages 9 to 12-Years-Old
- Ages 13 And Above
Household Chores For Ages 2 to 3 Years Old
Toddlers are at an age where they like copying what others do. This is a good time to get them into the habit of cleaning. Remember to guide and supervise them as they complete their chores. Here are some simple tasks for toddlers:
Household Chores For Ages 4 to 5 Years Old
For 4 to 5-year-old children, they’re able to complete some tasks without supervision – typically tasks that they’ve been doing since they were toddlers. You can start giving them more complicated tasks, on top of the ones mentioned before. If you wish, you can also implement a reward system at this age.
Here some additional chores for 4 to 5-year-old kids can help out with, on top of the ones mentioned above:
- Set and clear table
- Make their bed without supervision
- Sort clean laundry based on family members
- Help cook and prepare food with supervision
- Help with buying groceries and putting them away
Household Chores For Ages 6 to 8 Years Old
If your kids are within this age range, they are most likely independent and are ready to take on more complicated tasks. You can add on more responsibility to your children as they grow older. These are some additional chores that 6 to 8-year-olds can help out with:
- Sort the light and dark laundry
- Sweep or vacuum the rugs/floor
- Fold and put away clean laundry
- Put away clean cookware and utensils
- Prepare their own snacks and breakfast
- Help prepare and serve meals with supervision
Household Chores For Ages 9 to 12 Years Old
At this age, your kids should be able to do plenty of chores. Instead of reminding them to complete their tasks, check the chore chart at the end of the day to see if they’ve completed it. This teaches your kids to be responsible for themselves when no one is watching.
You might also want to consider upgrading your points reward system to a monetary reward system at this age. Here are some household chores 9 to 12-year-olds can help out with:
- Iron clothes
- Take out the rubbish
- Help to wash the family car
- Vacuum and mop the floors
- Operate the washing machine and dryer
- Prepare simple meals with minimal supervision
Household Chores For Ages 13 Years Old & Above
Teenagers can handle almost any kind of household chore, as long as they’ve been taught properly. However, do consider their school workload and adjust their household chores accordingly.
- Go on grocery trips alone
- Do the whole family’s laundry
- Babysitting their younger siblings
- Cleaning the bathroom (e.g. sink, mirrors)
- Deep-cleaning kitchen (e.g. appliances, countertops)
- Cooking simple meals for the family without supervision
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There we have it, the ultimate list of age-appropriate chores for kids of different ages! Keep in mind that kids grow and mature at different paces, so assign them household chores based on their capabilities.
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