Involving Children In The Home With Age-Appropriate Chores

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With the constant groundhog day of household jobs that need to be conquered everyday, it only makes sense to share the pressure with all members of the household. Not only will this benefit your load of work, but with research proving that children learn by being involved in tasks, it will also benefit their growth. So, why not get the kids on board with this list of age-appropriate chores.

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Age-Appropriate Household Chores

Remembering that each child matures at a different pace. So this list should be viewed merely as a guideline. Adjusting the tasks and ages to suit your children’s abilities.

2-3 Year Olds

  • Pick up toys and books
  • Put clothes on hangers
  • Set placemats on the dinner table
  • Take their plate from the table

4-5 Year Olds

  • Set the table
  • Supervised help with preparing meals (if you’ve got the patience)
  • Help sort the clean clothes into family piles
  • Help to empty the dishwasher
  • Feed the family pets
  • Hanging washing on the clothes horse
  • Make bed
  • Unpacking their school bags

6-8 Year Olds


  • Watering the garden and indoor plants
  • Harvesting from the vegetable patch (if you’re lucky enough to have one)
  • Help washing and hanging clothes
  • Help to fold the clothes
  • Wipe down the dining table
  • Take out the garbage
  • Mop and/or vacuum the floors
  • Help with cooking dinner (with supervision)

9-10 Year Olds

  • Wash the family car
  • Clean the bathroom vanity
  • Learn to use the washing machine
  • Take the garbage bin out to the street (with supervision)
  • Wash and dry dishes
  • Fill and empty the dishwasher

11-13 Year Olds

  • Tidy and clean their own rooms
  • Clean the bathroom
  • Mow the lawns (with supervision)
  • Prepare the family meal

14-16 Year Olds

  • Babysitting
  • Washing windows
  • Ironing
  • Yard work

17-18 Year Olds

  • Any housework as needed
  • Any yard work as needed
  • Creating (from grocery list to serving) the occasional family meal
  • Deep cleaning of household items

The younger you encourage the children in actively participating in household chores, the better chance you’ll have in having young adults that contribute to the maintenance of the house. Whilst many families chose to use pocket money as an incentive, researchers say it best to avoid this. Suggesting that the incentive be that their help makes you happy.

However, I personally use pocket money and find the children to want to do more than their daily input. Meanwhile, if you’re like me and like to avoid household chores – take a look at these guidelines on how often you should be cleaning.


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