Put the Kids to Work

As working moms, our time is valuable, and limited. There are only so many hours in the day to get everything accomplished, and household chores take up a big chunk of that time. As F has gotten older, my husband and I have started giving him more chores around the house. He loves to dust, sweep and bring in the trash cans, and is disappointed if we do these things without him! So, save yourself some time and teach your kids some independence with these age appropriate chores:

Toddler Chores (ages 2-3)

  • Put toys and books away
  • Put dirty clothes in hamper
  • Help switch laundry from washer to dryer
  • Help make the bed

Preschooler Chores (ages 4-5)

All previous chores, plus

  • Set the table
  • Clear the table
  • Match socks
  • Water plants
  • Feed the pets
  • Dust
  • Help pack lunch
  • Unload silverware from dishwasher
  • Pull weeds

Early Elementary (ages 6-8)

All previous chores, plus

  • Wash produce
  • Wipe bathroom sinks and counters
  • Vacuum
  • Sweep
  • Put clean laundry away
  • Get mail
  • Rake leaves
  • Empty wastebaskets
  • Bring garbage can in from curb

Later Elementary (ages 9-11)

All previous chores, plus

  • Make simple meals
  • Laundry
  • Clean toilets
  • Mop floors
  • Take garbage out to curb
  • Change sheets

Middle School (ages 12-14)

All previous chores, plus

  • Clean tub/shower
  • Mow the lawn
  • Clean out refrigerator
  • Make dinner
  • Wash car
  • Iron clothes

What chores do your kids help out with?



One thought on “Put the Kids to Work

  1. Alexis says:

    Thank you, Briana! The lists of age-appropriate chores is very helpful. I have started to require Junior & Kid Flash to take their dirty dishes from the table to the sink and they act like its the end of the world. But, Kid Flash loves to take out the trash. Who knew? 🙂


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