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Household Chores for Children of Different Ages

Not sure how to assign household chores to your kids? Find chores for children of different ages here!

Titilayo Ilori

Teaching your kids how to do household chores is the best thing parents can do for their kids at an early age. This will help them to be responsible and independent.

Give them chores according to their ages in order not to physically abuse them. This article will help you know the right household chores to assign your kids at a particular age.

Give your toddlers (1 -4 years) the following chores:

1. Set the table

This chore is a light one for that age range and your child would be only too glad to do it. All you need to do is remind your children about their chores, and before long, it becomes a habit.

2. Dust the shelf

You can ask your toddler to dust the shelf. This is a good way to make kids know that the shelf needs to be cleaned often, especially if the area you live in is dusty.

3. Arrange their toys

Let your children know it is their responsibility to arrange the toys after playing with them. Discourage them from scattering their toys everywhere.

Give school-age children (5 - 8 years) the following chores:

4. Tidy their room

You can ask your children to tidy their own room. If they do this all the time, it will become a habit.

5. Make the bed

Teach your children how to make the bed every morning and properly too. Some children believe that there is no need to lay the bed in the morning because there is a bedsheet spread on it already. You should change this belief.

6. Sweep the floor

At this age, your child should be able to handle sweeping the floor, with some supervision from you. Teach your child how to sweep properly. When you ask them to sweep, make sure they understand that it is wrong to sweep dirt under the chair or rug.

7. Clear the table after a meal

Yes, it is not too much for an eight-year-old to do. All you need to do is instruct your child to carry one plate after another to the sink once they are done eating.

Children between the ages of 9 to 12 years can do the following chores:

8. Mop the floor

If you teach your children to do this chore at an early age, by the time they are 12 years or more, they would have gotten used to doing it.

9. Wash the toilet

Don't say you don't want your children to wash the toilet because it does not seem hygienic. You can get a toilet brush and a glove for them and they can wash both hands afterwards.

10. Clean windows

This is suitable for a child of 9 or 10 years. Most kids like this particular chore because they get to play with their reflection while they are working.

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11. Take the gabbage out

A child of 12 years can take out the gabbage.

12.  Cook

They can cook simple meals like noodles, steam egg and so on.

Children between 13 and 16 years can also do the following chores:

13. Cook less simple meals

Children within this age range can cook a less simple meal. But if you are scared that they would hurt themselves, you can monitor them till they become experts.

14. Take care of their siblings

Let your teen children know the importance of taking care of their younger siblings. It's a way to make them feel responsible.

15. Children between 16 and 17 years should be independent enough to do all the household chores conveniently, without letting these chores affect their studies or social life.

Household Chores for Children of Different Ages