According to parenting experts, kids who contribute to their households by doing chores are confident, capable, and equipped with more life skills than their peers. According to actual parents: that’s great…. how about you try getting my kids to do anything around here?
Stop the arguments and the wars over chores. Your system for motivating your youngsters can oftentimes benefit from changing your approach; setting and upholding expectations is a good place to start. Incentives and rewards for a job well done can serve as great motivators. Remember, bribery is not the only way to reward. Lots of verbal praise and high fives go a long way in Kid World.
Below are some chore charts that you can download and print to shake up your system.
For Toddlers and Preschoolers
At this age, it is truly the thought that counts. What’s important is not that they complete the tasks with precision, but that they’re being trained (JK, taught) that helping around the house is fun.
Have them help with:
- Tidying up toys
- Placing laundry in the washing machine
- Putting away folded clothes
- Setting the table
For Ages 5-7
- Pick up toys from the floor
- Make the bed
- Set the table for dinner
- Fold towels and washcloths
- Assist with unloading the dishwasher
Weekly task: help carry in and put away groceries
For Ages 8-10
- Fold and put away laundry
- Vacuum or sweep
- Help cook and clean up after dinner
- Walk the dog
- Wipe bathroom counters and sinks
- Take out the trash
Weekly task: organize backpack and school supplies, remove bedding to be washed.
You can also download our blank chore chart and either fill it out yourself or have your kids help decide which chores should be on the list.
As kids approach the wondrous middle school years, the charts themselves have less of an effect, but the chores should continue to be productive, helpful, and age-appropriate.
How do your kids help around the house? Tell us in the comments!