What to Do, When: A Guide of Age Appropriate Chores For Kids

BACK IN THE SWING!

Now that the school year is in full swing, our days are busier than ever. Between school itself, homework, after school activities, and instrument practice, little time is left for anything else – and certainly not chores! But we all need the kids to make home a priority as well. The whole family benefits when the children can clean up after themselves and help with general upkeep.

And… it builds self worth, confidence, and important self-care skills they will need as they grow and eventually leave the comfort of their parents’ homes.

Below is a list of chores by age. Use this list as a guideline of how to assign chores so that your kid can get the most confidence for their age level. Also, please feel free to see the 20 Chores for Kids list, for a different approach to to assigning and tracking chores!

2-4 year olds
Help dust, put napkins on the table, put away toys in correct spot, put laundry in hamper, put clothes in drawers (with help), help feed and walk pet.

4-7 year olds
“Help” is the important word at this age. Many of the chores will be done as a helper and slowly kids can graduate to doing them independently! Set the table, put away toys and other clutter, help feed pets, walk pets, water plants, make bed (with help), dust, laundry in hamper, rinse dishes and place in dishwasher, water garden, wipe up spills and messes, put folded clothes away and hang clothes, help parent with gardening, clear table, take out trash, help put away groceries, help wash car, bring in newspaper and mail.

8-10 year olds
Set the table, put away toys and other clutter, help feed pets, walk pets, water plants, make bed (with help), dust, laundry in hamper, rinse dishes and place in dishwasher, water garden, wipe up spills and messes, put folded clothes away and hang clothes, help parent with gardening, clear table, take out trash, help put away groceries, help wash car, bring in newspaper and mail, sweep floors, vacuum, rake leaves, help with cooking.

11 year olds and older
Set the table, put away toys and other clutter, help feed pets, walk pets, water plants, make bed, clean room, dust, laundry in hamper, rinse dishes and place in dishwasher, empty dishwasher and put away dishes, water garden, wipe up spills and messes, wash clothes, fold laundry & put folded clothes away/ hang clothes, help with gardening, clear table, take out trash, put away groceries, help wash car, bring in newspaper and mail, sweep floors, vacuum, rake leaves, help with cooking, clean bathrooms, clean kitchen.
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J.J. Morgan is a Freelance Writer and Editor of SmexyMom. She is also the owner of Parchment, a custom stationery boutique and online shop in Los Angeles catering to celebrity clientele.