Beautiful little boy sweeping the floor. 

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Chores for Kids

Each school year, chores change for each child based on their grade and maturity level. As a mom, you know what your child can or can’t handle.  Middle school girls can do their own laundry…middle school boys?  That’s questionable.  And I always have to remind myself, don’t fret if they do a horrible job with a task.  Have patience and show them how to do it – they will get it eventually.

Lastly, don’t give in when they whine or complain.  My children know it is expected of them.  And the earlier you start, the more normal it is for them to help out around the house.

Here are a few chore ideas for each age group.  Keep in mind, you know your child’s ability best:

Toddler (Ages 2-3)

  • Pick Up Toys (show them how)
  • Bring plate and cup to the sink after a meal
  • Straighten covers on the bed
  • Put dirty clothes into the hamper
  • Wipe up spills

Preschooler (Ages 4-5)

  • All Toddler jobs
  • Make the bed
  • Help put clothes in washing machine/dryer
  • Help put clothes away
  • Take out recycling
  • Load dishes into dishwasher
  • Dust
  • Feed animals
  • Water flowers

Elementary (Ages 6-8)

  • All Preschool & Toddler Jobs
  • Set table
  • Wash dishes in sink
  • Put clean clothes away on own
  • Collect garbage around the house
  • Sweep
  • Vacuum
  • Get mail
  • Rake leaves
  • Put away groceries
  • Wash car

Older Elementary (Ages 9-11)

  • All Toddler, Preschool, & Elementary Jobs
  • Help in meal preparation
  • Clean toilets
  • Clean bathroom sinks, counters, mirrors
  • Walk dogs
  • Take garbage cans to curb
  • Mow lawn
  • Clean animal cages
  • Shovel snow
  • Help make/pack lunch
  • Change sheets on bed

Middle School (Ages 12-14)

  • All above chores
  • Clean showers/tub
  • Wash/Dry clothes
  • Mop floors
  • Gardening/Yard work
  • Help supervise younger children

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