When you think back to childhood, chores probably don't show up as your favorite or most cherished memories. But maybe you do remember getting to college and being grateful that important life skills (like being able to do your laundry!) were taught to you by your parents. Chores are an important way to teach children about responsibility and to create a space where children feel needed, and able to make contribution to the family. Here are some chores that are appropriate for every age:
Ages 12 and up
Additional tips for assigning chores at every age:
- Creating a chore chart can be an extremely helpful way to create a sense of routine and allow children to keep track of their responsibilities. Assign a reasonable amount of tasks and allow a reasonable amount of time for completion.
- Know your children’s limits – younger children probably shouldn’t be responsible for chores every single day of the week. Realize that older children will be bringing home homework, which will compromise the amount of time they have to complete chores.
- Reward your children for successfully completing their chores. Whether it is a financial reward or an extra 15 minutes of screen time is up to your family to decide.
- On the same note, provide consequences when children do not complete their assigned chores successfully. This is key in teaching your children a sense of responsibility.