giving kidlets responsibilities

if you’re anything like me, an extra pair of hands to help around the house is always welcome. perhaps instead of despairing about lack of help at times, i need to utilise the help i do have here already, namely the two and three-year olds! after all, they are enthusiastic about helping, have a LOT of energy and don’t know yet that cleaning is boooooring! a quick google brought up many a site about children having responsibilities within the home

responsibility taught at a young age gives children so much more than a made bed, it teaches pride, cleanliness, respect, helpfulness, the skills to run and look after a home of their own, all things i value and want my babies to have and be. here are some things taken from the above articles and others that your kidlets can do to help out around, what is after all, the family’s home as well as imbuing in them knowledge and skills to take into their futures.

Chores for children ages 2 to 3

  • Put toys away.
  • Fill pet’s food dish.
  • Put clothes in hamper.
  • Wipe up spills.
  • Dust with socks on hands
  • Pile books and magazines.
  • help make bed
  • put condiments on table for meals & put away afterwards

Chores for children ages 4 to 5

Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Make own bed.
  • Empty wastebaskets.
  • Bring in mail or newspaper.
  • Clear table.
  • Pull weeds.
  • Use hand-held vacuum to pick up crumbs.
  • Water flowers.
  • Unload utensils from dishwasher.
  • Wash plastic dishes at sink.
  • Fix bowl of cereal.

Chores for children ages 6 to 7

Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Sort laundry.
  • Sweep floors.
  • Set and clear table.
  • Help make and pack lunch.
  • Weed and rake leaves.
  • Keep bedroom tidy.
  • Pour own drinks.
  • Answer telephone.

Chores for children ages 8 to 9

Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Load dishwasher.
  • Put away groceries.
  • Vacuum.
  • Help make dinner.
  • Make own snacks.
  • Wash table after meals.
  • Put away own laundry.
  • Sew buttons.
  • Make own breakfast.
  • Peel vegetables.
  • Cook simple foods, such as toast.
  • Mop floor.
  • Take pet for a walk.

Chores for children ages 10 and older.

Any of the above chores, plus:

  • Unload dishwasher.
  • Fold laundry.
  • Clean bathroom.
  • Wash windows.
  • Wash car.
  • Cook simple meal with supervision.
  • Iron clothes.
  • Do laundry.
  • Baby-sit younger siblings (with adult in the home).
  • Mow lawn.
  • Clean kitchen.
  • Clean oven.
  • Change bed.
  • Make cookies or cake from a mix.

look out ella…or should i say cinderella?? bahahahaha! as if!!!