What kind of chores can kids do at different ages? How can your kids help out around the house? This list gives you a guideline for dolling out chores to your children and lightening the load of the household.
Any time I mention my children’s chores, I almost invariably have someone ask for an age appropriate chore list or at least some idea of what ages are capable of what tasks. I typically shy away from this question because children are so very different; however, I put together this list as a guideline, hoping everyone reading this would fully understand the unique dynamics and circumstances of their individual children.
In addition, this is NOT an exhaustive list. There is absolutely no way I could manage such a feat. So, take this list, tweak it for your family’s needs, and let your children begin to demonstrate responsibility by helping around the home!
How to start chores with your children
As you begin teaching your children how to help out around the house, keep these things in mind:
- ALWAYS try to include your children in what you are already doing.
- Give them chances to lead.
- Respect their personalities and natural abilities while realizing the need to stretch and grow them.
- Don’t give up! Teaching responsibility is a worthy goal and something our culture sorely lacks. Press on, mama!
Why give your children chores?
There is an economy of the household. There is work to be done and children must be a part of this work. However, they also must see you working hard too. They must feel like they are part of something bigger and their part matters.
Chores provide your children an opportunity to bless family members in the home and any other people who come into your home as well. It also blesses your children because it teaches them what it takes to manage a household – something they will need to do some day on their own. Don’t rob your children of this opportunity, and don’t let their initial complaints deter you from persevering!
I know I have inadvertently left things off this list, and I know I don’t always get this list right myself, but I keep trying. I keep training. I keep raising arrows that I pray will one day be sharpened and ready to be responsible for their own households.