Chores – Most of us have had to do them at some point or another in our childhood yet we despised them. How could this be that it was considered such a punishment? Chores are important for every child to do to teach them about responsibility and help the family unit work more efficiently. It’s important to not put a negative spin on chores so that children can be excited about what needs to get done and feel they are part of something positive. Again, it’s important to reiterate that every child should learn to do chores to not only help the family out and teach responsibility, but to also form good habits regarding work ethic and cleanliness. Many have found that adding a reward like a small pay or special treat is great incentive for a child to be excited about getting their chores accomplished but use discretion when deciding how big the reward should be. If the reward is too big, your child may only want to help if they get something in return. And how true is it that giving is always better than receiving? So true!

Chores for Children Dependent on Age

Toddlers (2-3 Years)                                         

  • Pick up and put away toys/crafting fun
  • Make the bed
  • Wipe cabinets that are their height
  • Dust
  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper
  • Help move clothes from hamper to washing machine to dryer

Preschoolers (4-5 years)

  • Above chores
  • Swiffer the floors
  • Dust bust the floors
  • Set the table (minus sharp/breakable objects)
  • Fold towels
  • Help clear the table
  • Feed family pets
  • Match socks and fold them together

Early Elementary (6-8 years)

  • Above chores
  • Help prep family meals
  • Sweep/Swiffer
  • Vacuum
  • Collect garbage from around the house
  • Fold more laundry
  • Wipe down counters and other surfaces

Elementary (9-11 years)

  • Above chores
  • Clean toilets and bathroom sinks
  • Make easy meals for family
  • Take out garbage
  • Learn how to wash laundry

Beyond 12 years of age, children can learn even more thorough chores like raking/mowing the lawn, make full meals, and be able to help out with babysitting the younger children as needed. If you give your children responsibilities to help out around the house, they will feel like they are trusted and dependable to help out when needed. Remember to give positive reinforcement to them and thank them for all the help they provide. Cheers to chores!