Assigning chores to children can prove to be difficult when trying to take their age into account, but it is a necessary undertaking. Toddlers can do some simple tasks such as putting away their toys or dusting, provided that a parent assists them. Preschoolers can begin to do certain chores independently, such as cleaning the sink and setting the dinner table. However, one should remember to assign single tasks to keep things simpler since their brains are still relatively young and less developed. Once a child is about seven or eight years old, they can be taught to dress themselves or put away laundry, among other tasks; this allows for trust-building and independence. Small responsibilities may not be chores in a stricter sense. For example, brushing their teeth should be a matter of daily routine, Teenagers should be assigned duties, like mowing the lawn and doing their laundry. Plus, expect teenagers to complete chores on their own.
- With help, even toddlers can do chores such as dusting and making their bed.
- Preschool-aged children should be encouraged to complete chores without help.
- Teenagers can shop for groceries, wash the car, and clean out the refrigerator.
“I also find that the quicker they learn how to do chores, the faster they start cleaning up after themselves when they are done playing or eating.”