The Importance of Children’s Chores

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Growing up I never had to do a single chore. Therefore, when I had my first daughter I never thought of chores as a big deal. “We need to let kids be kids” was how I felt and didn’t think much of it. Well was I wrong, when baby number two came along I felt quite different. Now that I have done parenting both ways with and without a chore chart, using one was the way to go. I see the results every day from having my kids do chores, even just packing their toys away, my four-year-old is one hundred percent more responsible than my eight-year-old. The younger one would happily put her clothes in the hamper meanwhile, her sister leaves it wherever she takes it off and thinks “it’s my job” to pick up her clothes. I started a chore system about three years ago, the earlier you start the better. Today the kids feel entitled to get certain things, like a new toy every week or a weekly trip to the movies. However, they need to know what those things need to be earned or rewarded. Let’s set them up for success!

children's chores

Completing chores will help your child learn the importance of responsibility, develop needed life skills, be independent, feel a sense of accomplishment and knowing that hard work pays off. You can make your own chore chart customized with your family dynamics and even to your child’s personality! Observe what they like and what they are capable of completing and create a reward or payment system that works best for you. Below is a list of a few age appropriate chores. These are the chores that worked best in our household the great part is that you can edit your list.

 
Ages 2-3

Pick up toys & books
Put laundry in hamper
Wipe up messes (spilled water, juice, etc.)
Throw trash in garbage
Clear up area after eating
Help sort & fold Laundry (pair socks and folding
hand towels)
Put away laundry with assistance (put socks into
socks drawer)

Ages 4-6

All previous chores
Help put away groceries
Assist with setting the table
Get simple snacks & drinks on their own
Water plants
Make up bed
Bring in mail/newspapers
Tidy up their room
Empty the trash in their room when full
Fold/Put away small laundry items

Ages 7-9

All previous chores
Take out clothes from dryer
Fold simple laundry (underwear, tank tops,
sleeping clothes, towels)
Sort mail
Sweep
Wipe down table
Assist with siblings (help open bottle water or
snack)

Ages 10+

All previous chores
Sort/fold laundry
Put clothes on hangers and pack away all laundry
Vacuum
Mop
Wipe down countertops
Clean Bathrooms
Take out garbage
Pack Lunches
Clean mirrors and windows

Remember, each child is different and develops skills at a different pace. Children love to help and feel wanted; encourage them and they will thank you one day.

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Annie Makhanlall is The Co-owner & Founder of Spectacular Creations – South Florida, LLC., and Broward Mom Collective, LLC. She brings creativity and sparkle to everything that she does. Her designs include the most exquisite personalized gifts and her followers are always looking forward to using her savvy couponing skills! She manages her “Sparkle Empire” smoothly while staying super busy with her two sassy girls. She’s is the mom that walks down the hall with 2 bookbags on her shoulders; lunch bags in one hand and coffee in the other all the while managing to take pictures of her daughters… Yes, that is Annie! Amidst her busy schedule, she also continues to volunteer and give back to her community. A never-ending sharpie box readily accessible, she is constantly organizing in the hopes of finding the best alternative to simplify life. Annie’s ability to do all this while still making time for her favorite things is inspirational. She enjoys spending quality time with her family; creating arts and crafts; holding nostalgic family picnics at the park; baking and decorating delicious cookies and adding glitter to just about everything she does!

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