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Growing up, we were given many chores to do throughout the week, especially on Saturday mornings. Being raised in the country, meant being awakened to pull weeds outside, mow the grass (my brothers did this), vacuum the house, wash dishes, and hang fresh laundry to dry. Needless to say, as a child I hated having to wake up and do work but as a mother now myself, I see the benefit and work ethic that my mother and stepfather were striving to instill in us. As my little one continues to grow, I continue to push her to understand that she has to pull her weight in the world and a lot of that starts with working in the home. Below I have composed a light list of age approved chores for young children.
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The Early Stages (1-2 years old)
Good work ethic starts early, even as early as one years old. When my daughter started to walk, we were so overjoyed that she could really move around on her own. That also meant that she began making a lot of little messes all around the house due to her curiosity. After the cuteness of it all wore off, I knew it was important to start teaching her how to clean up after herself. One of her first chores she learned to do was putting her toys back in the her toy box. I know this may seem like basic knowledge but it’s surprising how often we do not allow our children to clean up their own messes. Even a child at one years old can learn to put toys away. We also incorporated lunch time by allowing her to empty her plate into the trash when she was finished eating and remembering to put her dirty clothes in the hamper after bath time.
Relative Understanding (2-4 years old)
Things really became fun after 2 years old. My daughter was excited to help me clean up. We purchased one of the cute clean up sets off of Amazon (we have a product link below) and allowed her to partake in sweeping the floor with me after dinner or I would give her paper towels to wipe surfaces in the kitchen. Cooking was also a fun activity for her to help me in. She was my vegetable washer and taste tester of course!
Solo Tasks (4-8 years old)
My daughter is just now turning four so we are on the threshold of discovering what solo chores look like. To me, we have accomplished solo chore lists when every Saturday, she knows to wake up and accomplish certain duties without having to be constantly reminded or micro managed. Some of these may include making her bed or sweeping the floors. A parent can also place a stool in the kitchen to allow your child to reach the sink to wash dishes or show them how to load and unload the dishwasher. Around 8 years old, a child should be familiar with cleaning their bathrooms and if their is a family pet, knowing how to take care of the animal by dog walking or cleaning out cages.
It is easy to see our children and want to do everything for them but we have to always remember that we are raising children to become able bodied adults. Spoiling our children by not allowing chores outside of cleaning their room can become detrimental not only for us but for them in the future.
What are some ways that you incorporate children led chores into your lifestyle as a parent?
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