why should

kids do chores?

Aside from why doing chores is a good thing, parents want to know what kids can help with, and when they can start. Most kids are capable of far more than parents ask them to do. By the time your children are ready to leave home (it happens faster than you think), they will have a variety of life skills and the knowledge needed to make it on their own.

toddlers — 2-3 years old

Clean up toys, put dirty clothes in the hamper or designated spot, put clean clothes away, make bed, put books in the bookcase, fold washcloths.

preschoolers — 4-5 years old

Help feed pets, set the table, load the dishwasher, water plants, match up socks, make the bed, clean room, sort clean silverware, clear table after meals, prepare simple snacks.

elementary — 6-9 years old

Fold towels, sweep or dust mop floors, sort laundry, wipe counter tops, empty the dishwasher, dust furniture, hose off the patio, put groceries away, replace toilet paper roll, sort recycling items, help with meal prep: peel potatoes, carrots, or make a salad.

tweens — 10–12 years old

Take out the trash, do a load of laundry and transfer to dryer, fold and put away laundry, vacuum, mop, clean toilets and bathroom, deep clean kitchen, prepare a simple meal, sweep out garage, bring in mail, simple mending, sew on a button.

teens — 13+

Grocery shop with list, clean the fridge, mow the lawn, trim hedges, wash and vacuum car, change light bulbs, do simple household repairs, plan and make an entire meal, bake a cake or muffins, wash windows, iron clothes, watch younger siblings.