When children are involved in household chores, they’re more empathetic, less self-centered, and research shows that they will become more successful adults. Read this article, the first in this series, on why chores are important: Why Chores are Good for Kids.
You’re probably here because you already know that chores are important and you’d love a list of ideas to put on a chore chart.
Chore Ideas by Age
The following chores are merely a guideline based on general developmental abilities and attention spans. You know your child and family needs best, so feel free to move these chores up or down into different age categories as you like. Pick and choose the chores that you would like your child to work on and add them to your weekly chore chart.
Some things to keep in mind when choosing chores:
- Children will be more invested if they choose their own chores
- Chosen chores should help the entire family, not just the child
- Be encouraging, yet limit praise around chores
- Limit the number of chores so children feel success and accomplishment
Pick up toys
Put laundry in the hamper
Color sort laundry
Bring in the mail
Help prepare dinner (salad tossing in the photo above)
Wipe dining table
Help carry in light groceries
Set part or all of the table
Set the table
Simple food prep or help
Clear breakfast table
Put clothes away
Take out garbage
Make school lunch
Load/Unload dishwasher/drying rack
Wash the car
Put groceries away
Bigger Kids/Middle and High School/12-18
Cook a meal
Babysit younger siblings
Get the customizable Chore Chart Here. The chart is part of a 5-page downloadable PDF that includes the list of chore ideas.
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