Household Chores That Kids Can REALLY Help With
Teaching kids about responsibility, helping and why it is important to be a contributing member of the family or a team are vital life skills to instill. Chores can come into play as a way to teach those lessons in a hands-on way. But, let’s be honest. Sometimes, giving children “chores” can add more chores to your plate as an already-busy parent. Don’t give up, though! Our bloggers are here to share ideas for household chores you can give children where they can really be of help. Next time you’re looking to teach your child about responsibility and are looking for a helping hand around the house, consider some of these great children’s chores ideas.
Household Chores for Kids
Kris-Ann, Progressive Mom: Kids can start helping with the laundry early on – and it’s a task that they can grow with over time. Putting clothes in a hamper, sorting colors, moving clothes from washer to dryer, matching socks and putting away folded clothes. Taking care of pets (feeding, letting outside) is also something kids can start doing at an early age.
Mary, Organized Mom: I wish I was more consistent with chores and it’s something that I as a parent need to work on. My kids are good about setting the dinner table with little fight. I think they take real pride in setting the table and even include extras like homemade place cards. They also will make their beds when asked or reminded that they can earn money this way. I know they are perfectly capable of picking up their toys or even putting away their laundry but I always find myself “helping them” with these tasks. I think chores is an area we can all improve on!
Media Mom: I would like to have my kids start helping sort laundry and pair socks. My 7-year-old sets the table for dinner and can clear dishes too. And both kids can pick up their own toys. My preschooler likes to sweep, and if we give him the Swiffer, he can make progress (sometimes!).
Kate, Rookie Mom: We talk to Liam a lot about how being a big boy means you get both new treats (like sleeping in a big boy bed, watching tv, eating special foods, etc.) AND new responsibilities (like cleaning up toys, going potty, changing himself, etc.). The biggest thing we focus on from a chores perspective at this point is starting to have him regularly pick up after himself. From picking up toys he’s played with to clearing his plate and cup after dinner, it’s his responsibility to clean up after himself just like mom and dad do. He also loves to Swiffer so when we’re doing a big house cleaning I’ll usually take out the middle piece of the Swiffer to make it a good size for Liam and let him sweep around the house. Being totally honest, it’s not 100% effective (he tends to miss quite a few spots) but we always encourage his helpfulness and he loves feeling like he’s a part of the cleaning team.
Amy, Nourish Mom: I think there are lots of chores that kids can do that are helpful. At first, it may take some extra time which is not always easy to do because we’re always so busy. But I’ve found that if we put in the time, it does end up paying off down the road. Good chores for kids to learn: picking up toys and making sure personal belongings are in their places, helping with laundry (folding, putting away, etc.), setting or cleaning up the table for meals, dusting, washing table or counter tops.
Heather: At a young age my daughter loved to clean the floors. We bought an extra Swiffer and took one of the links out of the handle so that it was just her size. She may have missed most of the corners, but it was great to have the middle of the kitchen floor clean. Now that she’s a little older, she’s a great help emptying the dishwasher. She can’t reach all of the cabinets, but she sorts and stacks things on the counter for an adult to put away.
Allison: As a toddler, I had my daughter help me collect laundry or pick up toys and put them back in their place. Now that she’s a bit older, she is able to help me sweep, wipe down the kitchen table, and make her bed. She doesn’t view them as chores, she actually enjoys helping! Finding ways to make it seem fun and acknowledging the fact that kids are making a difference with their helping can go a long way.