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Teaching your kids how to do simple chores at home

Updated: Apr 22

My kids are at an older age, and I believe that they can help at home with simple chores. Even as young as age 2, there are actually age-appropriate chores for kids to do.


So far, my kids have done simple chores, such as putting their plates away, keeping their toy rooms tidy, helping with food preparation, and also spreading their beds in the mornings.


I love doing this for my kids because I do believe that it will help them to become well-rounded individuals later on in life. I can already picture what the college days will be like for them if they already know how to prepare simple meals (not ramen noodles haha) for themselves.


So starting early is actually key, as it becomes a norm for them and it will grow with them throughout their lives.


Have you also started doing simple chores with your kids? Please feel free to also share your own ideas, or ask your questions or concerns in our FORUM section. I will be happy to help you!


Kids helping with laundry as a chore
KIDS HELPING WITH LAUNDRY AS A CHORE

“Teaching your kids to love doing chores is actually integral for their development. "


TEACH THE IMPORTANCE OF DOING CHORES

The first step is to teach them the importance of doing chores. Why do we do chores?

  • We do chores so that we can be an integral part of our family dynamic.

  • Doing chores also helps us to become more responsible individuals.

  • Doing chores also helps us to bond as a family.

  • We also learn simple basic skills that will be beneficial to us in the long run.


HOW TO IMPLEMENT CHORES

Chores can be implemented by making charts that are for each child, then putting age-appropriate tasks that they can do.


Charts also help you to keep track of their daily progress. It also allows them to feel excited and confident in their abilities to help with chores around the home.


I have attached two FREE Mommy Inspired Chore Charts below for you to download, print, and use with your family.




CHORES BASED ON AGE GROUP

There are simple chores that can be done for all age groups from as little as 2 years of age.


Kids that are 2 years of age can start doing simple chores, such as sorting socks from the laundry, putting their dishes in the sink, or basic food prep.


Not only are they helping out, but also they are actually learning in the process and in addition, developing motor skills, which are integral to their development.


Here are some recommended chores for each age group:


Age

Examples of Chores

2 to 3 years

  • ​Sorting laundry, putting dishes in the sink, putting simple foods in bowls

4 to 5 years

  • ​Sorting and loading laundry machine, setting the dinner table, putting dishes in the sink, helping with simple meal prep, cleaning toy room, making their beds

​6 to 7 years

  • ​Sorting and folding laundry, simple meal prep, cleaning their rooms, washing non-fragile dishes, mopping or sweeping the floor

​8 to 10 years

  • ​Laundry (wash and sort), basic meal prep, washing non-fragile dishes, packing the dishwasher, vacuuming or sweeping the floors, cleaning their rooms

10 to 12 years

  • ​Laundry, meal prep, washing or packing the dishwasher, cleaning their rooms, vacuuming or mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms and living areas, taking out the trash, gardening

​13 years and up

  • ​General chores that adults do



HOW TO MONITOR PROGRESS

By using the FREE Mommy Inspired Chore Charts, you can keep track of what each child has done and their progress.


I am not really a fan of giving rewards for doing chores, however, I do believe that it's nice to have an activity or something fun to do after chores are done.


For example, we have all cleaned the house, so let's go and have some ice cream treats or play games.


HOW TO ENSURE DOING CHORES CONTINUE

Once you instill a good habit, especially from a younger age, you will be helping them to continue doing so even in adulthood. It would become more second nature to them to do their chores.


They will not struggle in college or later on in adulthood when having to do so on their own or even eventually helping their spouses as well and instilling the same values in their kids.


For more related posts, visit my blog posts on "10 quick ways to maximize your time at home as a mom", where I also talk about having your kids do simple chores to help out.


Having your kids help out with chores is a great thing to do. It not only builds some skills needed short term but also for the long term. Kids learn to work in teams by helping out. They also learn how to manage simple tasks that enable them to become better leaders in the future.


Did you find the strategies listed in this article helpful? What were some of your favorite tips? How have they worked for you? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know what you think.


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