Encouraging your kids to help out around the house can be more of a chore than doing the actual work. Because of this, you maybe to tempted to take care of the job yourself. But giving your kids chores teaches them valuable lessons about helping others and taking responsibility for their home while also allowing them to gain a sense of accomplishment. Every child matures at their own pace, but if you’re looking to assign some easy jobs at home, here are suggestions of chores for kids according to age group.
Preschoolers love the idea of helping mom and dad around the house, although they may not be quite capable of independent chores. Preschool kids also have a seemingly endless supply of energy that you may wish to channel toward chore completion. At this young age, the first chores to assign can be rather easy ones, like picking up toys and clothes from the floor. Oftentimes, this can be turned into a timed game or a fun activity. Other chores appropriate for preschoolers include helping make their bed or sorting laundry.
Young Elementary School Kids
In the early elementary school years kids develop improved motor skills and gain a greater sense of independence. At this age, they can handle more difficult chores such as cleaning their room, dusting furniture, setting and clearing the dinner table, and emptying the dishwasher. Children this age can also take on outside work such as raking leaves, watering plants, or weeding. Some parental oversight may be necessary, but by early elementary school, kids should be doing more of the actual work.
Older Elementary School
Older elementary kids are often busy with school, sports, and other activities, but they can still be expected to help out around the house. They can begin to assist you by watching younger siblings while you’re cooking meals. Chores for kids this age may also include simple meal preparation such as washing fruit or making a sandwich for lunch. Your older child should be able to carefully run the vacuum and perform more advanced outside work such as washing the car or helping an adult clean up and lay mulch in flower beds. Also, you may want to leverage your older kids’ technology skills and have them assist with organizing your digital photos, setting up new devices and even maintaining an online family calendar.
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