Wednesday, April 10

HOW TO age-appropriate chores for kids

With four kids under the age of 9, I have a lot of work to do at home. Constantly. 

It is important to me that my children know how to take care of themselves and their home. And I've learned that even my little ones can be very helpful with chores. The younger they are, the more excited and willing they are to help. I love this list of age appropriate chores from Raising Arrows. Here are a few examples for the various age breaks: 

9-12 Months
  • Help put away toys
1-2 Years Old
  • Use proper "manners" with please, thank you, excuse me, sorry
  • Help clean up their own messes
2-3 Years Old
  • Help sort laundry
  • Help bring in groceries at home 
3-4 Years Old 
  • Learn to make their bed
  • Begin establishing regular chores like dusting the living room blinds
4-5 Years Old
  • Learn how to set the table 
  • Learn how to water plants 
5-6 Years Old
  • Begin to help younger siblings with tasks
  • Learn to wash dishes 
6-7 Years Old 
  • Begin learning how to prepare simple meals and snacks 
  • Begin learning how to do the laundry from start to finish
8-10 Years Old
  • Complete responsibility for their domain (bedroom, specific chores, etc) 
  • Unsupervised yard work 
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Contributed by Darcy, Fairmont Private Schools

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