Kids don’t like chores. To be honest it can be hard for parents too. Watching them take a hr to do something that you could have done in 20 minutes. But having them do chores provides extra help around the house, helps with development, and prepares them for the future.
Realistically children can begin with small chores at the age of 2. This can be something as simple as putting their own toys in the toy box.
Why are chores important
Chores are important for many reasons.
- Feel Needed: For my one son who does want to help out chores help him feel needed. He looks up to his dad who works everyday and chores help him feel he is helping out and working.
- Teach responsibility: Chores teach responsibility Your children know that they have something that they have to do. To instill the responsibility it is important that they do the chores consistently.
- Teach independence: When your children grow up mommy will not be there doing their laundry and washing their dishes. Chores teach basic household life skills so they can be independent when they grow up.
- Cut back on entitlement: Have you ever met the bratty child who feels the world owes them. Chores helps to alleviate this attitude. They will realize that the harder they work the more they earn. They will appreciate what they are given more.
- Chores help out the family: When you do it as a group it gets don faster. This leaves more time for family activities
Chores By Age
Children should be assigned chores that are age appropriate. Be aware they will not know how to do these chores right away. You will need to show them how and give them time to learn how to complete the chores appropriately. Also gauge your child’s skills. These are just suggestions some may be too advanced for some children in that age range. Start small and gradually increase expectations.
Ages 2-3 ( At this age you are doing their chores with them)
- Put their toys in the toybox-
- Sort their clothes by color
Ages 4-6 ( Under supervision)
- Chores they are already doing
- Set the table or Clear the table with supervision
- Make their bed in the mornings
- Water plants
- Feed pets
- Match Socks
- Empty inside trash cans
- Put dishes away from dishwasher
- Fold clothes
Ages 10 and Older
- Vacuum or Sweep
- Put clothes away
- Clean room
- Be responsible for hygiene
- Prepare small easy meal
- Wipe counters and tables
- Wash dishes
- Take garbage out
- Do laundry
How to Implement Chores
Getting your children to do chores can be difficult. One way to encourage them to do their chores is a chore chart and a reward system. For my younger ones they earn beans every time they do their chores and they can trade them in. They are able to trade their beans to pick from the treasure box, not eat a item they don’t like, or other pre- chosen things they would like to earn. As they get older they earn privileges by doing their chores. This can be a extra hour on tv or their laptop. My children do get weekly allowances. I will take money away for not doing chores but they do not earn money for chores unless they do extra. Chores are to help the family so are a family obligation.
How we assign chores at home is with chore magnets. They are super cool because they go right on the fridge. Making these magnets is super easy. You can use the printable below. I like to print out multiple especially since I have 4 kiddos. In addition to the printable you will need Mod Podge ( I like this one because it comes with 2 and brushes) ,Flat Clear Gems ,Hot Glue Gun , and either Flexible Magnetic Squares or Flexible Magnetic Tape.
Making Chore Magnets
- Glass Gems
- Mod Podge
- Magnetic Tape
- Chore Printables
- Hot glue
- Paint Brush
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Print off the chore printable and decide which chores you want to include in your magnets. (You may want to print multiple sheets! Parent’s choice is a lifesaver!)
- Cut around each chore and set aside.
- On the flat part of each gem, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge.
- Place a chore image face down.
- Seal a top layer of Mod Podge over the image. Allow to fully dry.
- Attach the magnets. I’ve made these with both small individual magnets and magnetic tape. Magnetic tape is my preferred way to go! You can cut it to size and is strong. Even though the tape is self adhesive, I like to dab a bit of hot glue on it to ensure it stays on the magnet. These are handled by our kids daily so the extra glue really helps to secure it!