The Top 5 Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

You may think your child’s only job is going to school.

While that’s important, it’s also their job to help around the house.

When it comes to chores, kids should feel empowered to do them, gaining valuable skills they can use for the rest of their lives.

I have several age appropriate cleaning ideas for kids, but first let me tell you what I noticed about the power of chores last month.

My 17-year-old son changed my flat tire on the Long Island Expressway during our trip to NYC. He was deeply empowered by the experience, telling me, “I’d hate to have to call AAA if I was out on a date!”

He was really proud of his self-proclaimed skills.

And so was I!

And: He’s the only one of his buddies who cuts the lawn.

What I want you to see here is that chores are life skills. 

Learning how to do laundry, unloading a dishwasher, taking out the garbage or starting a lawnmower builds CONFIDENCE in kids, which correlates directly with self esteem. We all want that for our kids.

Take stock of where can you teach your kids life skills. Just teach one at a time.

But here’s the key: EXPECT them to help you. It sends the message that you believe they are CAPABLE. If you believe in them, they will begin to believe in themselves. 

I know it’s hard to have kids do chores. And if you’re really struggling, I’m here to support you!

Kids who clean and maintain their own spaces can:

  • Feel good about themselves.
  • Gain real life skills for later in life.
  • Grow into more responsible adults.

You can make this happen without the wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Here’s how to get on the same page when it comes to the daily chores.

Kids Ages 3 to 4.  

  • Brush teeth and hair.
  • Make bed.
  • Put toys away.

Kids Ages 5 to 7.

  • Take a shower/bathe without help.
  • Take out the trash/recycling.
  • Water plants.

Kids Ages 8 to 9.

  • Sweep.
  • Vacuum.
  • Help cook dinner.

Kids Ages 10 to 11.

  • Mop bathroom floors.
  • Unload dishwasher.
  • Put away groceries without help.

Kids in Their Teens

  • Mow lawn.
  • Cook dinner.
  • Pet sit for others.

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Happy parenting,
Wendy Petricoff