According To Mothers Across The Centuries, These Are Chores That Your Kids Should Be Doing (By Age!)

Of course, over time, these lists have been adapted for our ever-changing society. No longer do our kids need to put the empty milk bottles out on the porch or smash a new candle into the wax of the old one, but the sentiment is the same. As children grow, parents teach them to be accountable and the value of helping around the house.

Around ages two or three, these chores are being taught so that children start to learn what it means to have responsibilities.

  • Put laundry into the hamper and washer (with a boost from a parent or a step-stool)
  • Put toys in their toy chest
  • Put books on a bookshelf
  • Feed the pets
  • Toss diapers into the trash

From ages four to seven, children gradually learn to do more to help around the house. Many parents agree that these are acceptable chores:

  • Help set the table for dinner and clear it after
  • Make the bed
  • Help put away groceries
  • Pack their backpack
  • Sweep and dust
  • Water plants in the garden
  • Help load the dishwasher (avoiding sharp, breakable objects)
  • Help switch clothes from the washer to the dryer

Ages eight to ten are now in school and have longer lists of chores. Chores they used to help with can now be done on their own, and they can realize that their actions benefit the entire family. If you have more than one child, they realize that splitting chores between everyone gets things done faster:

  • Clean their room (with a little guidance)
  • Set and pick up the dinner table
  • Sweep and vacuum
  • Help to wash the car
  • Rake leaves and take out trash
  • Help cook dinner or pack school lunches
  • Empty and load the dishwasher
  • Put away groceries
  • Fold laundry and put it away

After age 11, many children are able to do most things on their own. While they still might need guidance when it comes to cooking or baking, children are able to be fairly independent when it comes to chores.

Did your parents give these chores to you when you were younger? Do you agree with this list?


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