December 17, 2017

Chores for Kids- Best Practices

chores for kidsBy Michele Knowlton

Why have kids help with chores?

Getting your kids to help with chores around the house is a good thing for a bunch of reasons. 


  1. It helps teach them ownership and pride in things around the house.
  2. It helps give them some independence.
  3. It helps them develop a strong work ethic.
  4. Eventually, it helps parents manage the household so there can be more time for family fun.


How do you assign chores to your kids?

 There are a number of things you can do to make assigning chores a more effective process.


  1. Have them participate in determining which things around the house will be theirs to do.
  2. Give them guidance especially if the task in not completely clear.  For example, cleaning their bedroom could mean a lot of different things.  Does it just mean picking up toys?  Does it include making their bed?  Do they also need to dust?  It will probably mean different things depending upon the age of the child.
  3. DON”T EXPECT PERFECTION – especially at first!  

At what age should parents start assigning kids chore?

The earlier kids start helping around the house, the easier it is to get them to appreciate the contributions they make to get things done.  Chores need to be age appropriate.  Every child and family is different but here are some ideas to get the thought process started.


  1. Toddlers can do some simple tasks around the house to help such as picking up toys, setting napkins on the table, or putting their dirty cloths into a laundry basket.
  2. Kids around kindergarten age can help clear the table, help set the table, unload/put away some things from the dishwasher, empty waste baskets, or water plants or flowers.
  3. Kids in elementary school can start to help put ways groceries, load the dishwasher, help make lunch, or make their bed.
  4. Kids a little older can help rake the lawn, help wash the car, help with the cooking, vacuum, or walk the dog.
  5. Once kids are in high school, they can do just about anything you can do. 


How does your family get kids involved around the house? 


Michele is co-founder of, the place where families gathers online and kids learn to take responsibility.


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