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Guest Post : Cleaning Chores for Children that will Teach Responsibility

Today’s post is written by Sammy from home clean expert if you would to know more about sammy, please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find his details.

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It’s likely that as a child you were given chores to do, whether it involved taking the trash out, drying the dishes, or tidying your room, you were probably told what you needed to do, and when you needed to do it.

The chores probably weren’t a lot of fun, but they did teach you about responsibility and make you aware of the work that your parents did around the home. But what chores should you give to your children? And how can you give them chores without expecting too much of them?

 

What chores should you give to children?

 

Chores teach children responsibility, and they help you out a little too. There are many different chores that you can give to a child; you just need to make sure they are age appropriate.

 

Let’s take a look at the ideal chores that you can give children, based on their age:

Age 2-3:

 

• Under your supervision, ask your child to pick up their toys.

• Let your child help you to make their bed.

• Encourage them to put their dirty laundry in the laundry basket.

• Let them help you dust now and again.

• Encourage your child to help you clean up dirt and spills.

• If you have pets let them (with your supervision) fill their water and food bowls.

Age 4-5:

 

• Encourage your child to get dressed without much help from you.

• Let your child carry light groceries home.

• Under your supervision, ask your child to pick up their toys.

• Encourage your child to match up socks that have been washed.

• Ask your child to hang up the towels in your bathroom

• Encourage your child to help you prepare meals

• Let your child (under supervision) set and clear the dinner tables now and again.

Age 6-7:

 

Use a chore chart to encourage your children to:

 

• Take the trash out

• Prepare meals (under supervision)

• Put away clean dishes (under supervision)

• Put their laundry away

• Vacuum their room

• Answer the phone (under supervision)

Age 8-11:

 

• Get their homework done on time

• Use an alarm clock to wake up

• Keep their bedroom clean and tidy

• Wash and clean themselves

• Look after their belongings

• Wash the dishes

• Rake the leaves

• Test smoke alarms (under supervision)

• Clean the car (under supervision)

Age 12-15:

 

• Mow the lawn (under supervision)

• Change light bulbs (under supervision)

• Prepare meals occasionally

• Clean the bathroom

• Wash the dishes

• Tidy the yard

Age 16-18:

 

• Wash and clean themselves

• Mow the lawn

• Change light bulbs

• Prepare meals occasionally

• Clean the bathroom

• Wash the dishes

• Tidy the yard

• Earn money

• Buy their own clothes

• Defrost the freezer

The benefits of giving children age appropriate chores

The benefits of giving children age appropriate chores from a young age are that it:

 

• Teaches responsibility.

• Shows them that jobs need to be done.

• Makes them appreciate the work that you do.

• Teaches them that they need to contribute to the chores.

• Helps to promote development and a range of movements.

• Teaches them a wide range of skills that will prove useful as they grow older.

• It makes them feel a sense of pride when a job is completed and done well.

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Giving your child chores to do is more about teaching them how to be responsible, and less about taking the work-load off you (Although it can help). Give your children increasing levels of responsibility as they get older, turning them into a responsible adult who knows their way around the home.

Author

Sammy is a keen writer who loves nothing more than spending time with his family and teaching them the ways of the world. He loves writing about any topic related to home life. He currently runs the blog at Home Clean Expert.

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