When you first think of housework and chores, your little one probably doesn't even come to mind. After all, they're little and hardly capable of taking care of themselves. The trick is to start them young. Like, really young. Say, toddler aged perhaps. You don't have to start off with your kid mowing the lawn in her footy pajamas, but there are certain chores perfect for different ages and meant to give kids a small sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Make things just a tad easier for you. Research shows that chores are actually, legitimately, good for kids. So no, you aren't turning him into a mini Cinderella when you ask him to put away his laundry or pick up the dirty clothes from his bedroom floor. Instead, you're setting him up for a strong future of good self-esteem and high self-worth.
Can you imagine how embarrassing it'd be, for everyone, if you sent your kid off to college without imparting on them the knowledge of doing their own laundry or picking up after themselves? Of course it's a common occurrence to have your college aged kids bring home heaping garbage bags full of ripe clothes, but imagine a world where they can confidently do their own laundry and - gasp! - even clean up their microwave mess.
Not only does the addition of chores for your kids give them a feeling of helping out, giving back to you as their parent, but it almost creates a new sense of belonging for them. They're pitching in with the chores they've only seen you and your partner performing until now. They feel accomplished to be a part of the daily cleaning tasks and will come to feel great about giving back, in this small way.
In fact, kids who are started on chores as early as three years old will benefit in the long run from the self-sufficient mindset. In a 2002 study by Dr. Marty Rossmann of the University of Minnesota, he found that kids who began daily shores at younger ages grew up to be more confident, better at building relationships and even more academically successful than kids who began chores later in their teen years.
So don't be so concerned about implementing chores, your kids will likely benefit in nearly every aspect of their growth and you will benefit from the ability to take a breather for once. Sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it.
10 Age - , Putting Away Laundry
At this age, they may not really get the whole chore concept, but maybe that's a good thing. They'll look it as a fun game of sorts. Help your kiddos the first handful of times, showing them where their socks and undies go, the different drawers for their shirts and pants, and so on. After a while, they’ll get it and start to excitedly put things away without any prompting. They may even start putting away their clean laundry without any sort of prompting on your part.
Gone will be the days of doing loads of laundry, folding, and putting away. Which, let's face it, can be exhausting sometimes. And don't lie, we're all guilty of taking days to get through all of the stages of laundry. Now, you can place little piles of their clothes on their respective beds and watch the piles disappear. Now, the dresser drawers may take a little time to stay organized, but it’s totally a start.
9 Children Ages -Can Make Their Beds
Along with the whole laundry chore, your kids making their beds can become a real part of their daily routine. And as they begin to get in the habit of getting it done daily, they'll revel in the neatness of their bedroom and their part in it. They'll feel a sense of accomplishment no doubt, and that confidence we were talking about.
And again, there is no shame in at first helping them work on making their beds neat and tidy. Kids learn by example and a lot of the time, in many other aspects of life, you'll find your kids wanting to do things themselves, asserting their independence. With chores like these, there is no exception to the rule. Although making your bed isn’t exactly the most useful chore, it's definitely one to get your little ones in the mindset of keeping their personal spaces clean on their own.
8 Children Can Put Dirty Laundry In Hamper
Try this. Dress your two-year-old for bed and leave his clothes on the bedroom floor. Show him his hamper or laundry basket and just tell him, "Please put your clothes in the basket." And, trust us, he'll do it. And with a huge grin on his little plump face. And, though he won't be able to actually say it just yet, he'll feel like a pretty big helper and as if he'd just done something wonderful.
Which, in his eyes, he has. Usually he sees Daddy or Mommy doing such chores, but for him to get to do it, that must mean it's a special task. And this is another one of those things where, after just a short time, he'll start to do it on his own, and with other articles of clothing. And hey, maybe he'll even start throwing away those dirty, folded up diapers. One can dream, right?
7 Ages - Can Wipe Down Surfaces
Lucky for you, this is still an age range where kids think it's fun for kids to do housework. So, take advantage of that fact! And if you can get them to wipe things down, you've got the beginnings of chores that are pretty damn useful to you. Let them have at it with the rag or sponge or paper towels, and spray the table or countertops yourself, and then let them clean up all of those messes so you don't have to.
Now, keep in mind that it's still probably a good idea to keep your hands on the chemical spray bottles, but if you can handle a few spritzes, then your little ones can definitely handle wiping down every spot you sprayed down.
6 Children Ages -Can Dress Themselves
How would you like to get up in the morning, wake your kid up, and then go about getting yourself dressed and ready while they do the same? If you get at it early, teaching your kid how to dress herself, then you can enjoy just that. But what's more, it's good for them to learn how to dress themselves and even pick out their own clothes.
It's something they'll need to learn how to do, obviously, so the sooner you can turn them into pros when it comes to dressing themselves, the better. You can take it a step further and even them pick out their own clothes. Sure, you may end up with a pair of camouflage pants, matched with a striped shirt, but when you see your kid's smile accompanying that outfit, you really won't care.
5 Kids Ages -Can Take Out the Garbage
Maybe at first, having your kid take out the garbage deserves a bit of very close supervision. But as they get a little bit older, it'll be a chore that will make things so much easier. Because, come on, who actually enjoys the task of tying up the bag and lugging it outside? Not to mention that the smell of garbage is a very real thing, regardless of whether or not the bag is tied tightly closed.
You may not be able to put a deceptively "fun" spin on this chore, but since it is an annoying one, take this opportunity to start introducing a reward system for chores done well. Maybe a chart detailing different chores being "worth" different amounts of allowance change or collars, and watch your kid watch it all add up.
4 Setting the Table is Perfect for Kids Ages -
Make that clearing the table, too. Because let's just agree that these two tasks go hand in hand. And though it may not be the most necessary chore in the world, it's another one to teach your child to get in the habit of doing things for others and for their home. When they're a bit younger, let them set the table as they see fit.
And yes, laugh off that place setting with two spoons and that other one with a bowl instead of a cup. Soon enough, they'll catch on a little better and at the end of your family meals, they'll be making it that much easier to get the cleanup done.
Getting your child to help is key, not how well they perform the task
How many times have you had your little one ask if they can help while you're cooking or clearing the table? We haven’t a clue as to why they see these things as fun tasks, but they do, partly because you make them seem so important, as your kids' role model. But whatever the reason, give into their interests in chores as soon as possible.
3 Vacuuming Can be Done by Kids Ages -
There's a reason why they make child-sized plastic vacuum cleaners. It's another household chore that kids seem drawn to, that somehow looks fun to them. And as they get to be in that school-age range, they're certainly getting big enough to manage the real thing. We aren't suggesting a habit of slave labor from your offspring, but incorporate some weekly vacuuming into your child's chore routine.
Start off with just one room assigned to them to work on, or even just their bedroom floor, but eventually you can work up to getting the other floors vacuumed, and as they'll already be moving about with the appliance, it won't be too hard on them to add more rooms to their list.
2 Kids Aes -Can Wash Dishes
Yes, that's right. One of the most abhorred chores we do that we really can't get around. Sure, there is always the dishwasher option, but if you exclusively utilized that, then you'd be loading and unloading the thing every other day. And that would just be a whole other pain in the behind. Trust us, your kids and preteens are totally capable of scrubbing a sink full of dishes a few times a week.
Assigning them this task every night might get a little taxing - there's a reason we hate the chore ourselves - but it would do you both well to give them an "every other day" rule when it comes to dishes.
1 Doing Yard Work with Your Preteen
Yard work includes pretty much everything you might think of. That goes for shoveling snow, raking leaves, mowing the lawn and yes, even pulling weeds. Go ahead, jump for joy, we won't even blame you for doing a little victory dance at this news. Because, yes, your kid at this age range is totally capable of putting in work and effort where we legitimately need help during the warmer months and then, during the snow-covered months.
This doesn't mean that you should toss a rake into the yard and tell your kid to go fetch, so to speak. But get out there with them and work on the yard together. Make a game of it if you must, by jumping into the leaf piles afterward. Or in the summertime, entice them with the promise of some pool or beach time after mowing the lawn.
Teaching your children responsibility is god for them
It's all about a healthy reward system, which will help get the jobs done, sure, but will also aid in setting up your kids for the future, instilling in them the beginnings of a great work ethic.