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Childrens Chores

July 7th, 2017

Studies have shown that involving children in household tasks at an early age can have a positive impact later in life. Parenting author Elizabeth Pantley offers parents a guide to help assign age-appropriate chores. CLICK HERE to Hear the Conversation.

Ages 2 to 3:
Put toys away
Fill pet's food dish
Put clothes in hamper
Wipe up spills
Dust
Pile books or magazines
Choose clothes and dress self

Ages 4 to 5:
Above chores plus:
Make own bed
Empty wastebaskets
Bring in mail or newspaper
Clear table
Pull weeds
Use hand-held vacuum to pick up crumbs
Water flowers
Unload utensils from dishwasher
Fix bowl of cereal

Ages 6 to 7:
Above chores plus:
Sort laundry
Sweep or Swiffer floors
Handle personal hygiene
Set and clear table
Help make and pack lunch
Weed and rake leaves
Keep own bedroom tidy
Pour own drink
Answer telephone

Ages 8 to 9:
Above chores plus:
Load dishwasher
Put away groceries
Vacuum
Help make dinner
Make own snacks
Wash table after meals
Put away own laundry
Sew button
Run own bath
Make own breakfast
Peel vegetables
Cook simple food (such as eggs or toast)
Mop floor
Take pet for daily walk
Clean up after pet
Pack own suitcase

Ages 10 and up:
Above chores plus:
Unload dishwasher
Fold laundry
Clean bathroom
Wash windows
Wash and clean car
Cook simple meal with supervision
Do laundry
Baby-sit younger siblings (with adult in the home)
Clean kitchen
Change bed
Make cookies or other foods from simple recipes
Plan birthday party or other event
Have neighborhood job – such as pet care or yard work
Have a paper route
Work in family business doing simple filing, envelope stuffing, shredding or other tasks


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