I am big on teaching responsibility at a young age. Each of my children have chores to do, depending on their individual abilities. Today I’m going to be giving some examples of chores that younger children can do.
If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that I have six kids, ages 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 12. My younger two are so close in age that most of their chores are pretty similar. Some can be done independently, others include working alongside an older sibling or parent. This list certainly isn’t all inclusive, but gives a general idea of the various responsibilities and tasks that my younger two are capable of and expected to do.
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1. Putting dirty clothes into the hamper.
2. Putting away their shoes.
3. Cleaning up their spot at the table after mealtime.
4. Cleaning up their toys after playtime.
5. Making their beds.
1. Sorting clean laundry.
2. Putting away clean laundry.
3. Putting away clean dishes.
4. Washing the table after mealtime.
5. Putting away groceries.
6. Packing snacks for school.
7. Picking up trash on the floor.
8. Changing out empty toilet paper rolls.
9. Washing off bathroom counters.
10. Bringing dirty laundry into the laundry room.
All of my children, regardless of age, are required to do the five tasks listed above under Personal Responsibilities. Those are simple tasks that involve cleaning up behind themselves on a daily basis. Now, of course, I don’t expect or ask that my younger two do every single item on the Additional Chores list above, but they are perfectly capable of completing any of those tasks unassisted.
They both enjoy helping out and it makes them feel proud of themselves for accomplishing something. I firmly believe that teaching responsibility at a young age is beneficial for them as they grow older. Waiting until a child is a teenager to begin asking them to help with household chores is impractical, in my opinion.
I have several friends that avoided giving their younger children chores, and instead ran themselves ragged trying to do everything for everyone in the house. Now that they feel their children are “old enough” to have chores, they are battling with defiant teenagers that refuse to be responsible and help out.
Starting children out with simple chores at a young age helps to avoid that problem later on down the road. If you need a little bit of help getting started, there are some great customizable chore charts available for purchase on Amazon (affiliate).
I know that this can be a bit of a heated topic for some parents, and in the end we all do what we feel is best for our own family. I just wanted to share what works in our home, as I am often asked by other parents what they can do to get their kids to help out around the house. I personally believe that teaching my children about having responsibilities now will benefit them in the future, especially as they become adults and are on living on their own.
I’d love to know what chores and responsibilities (if any) you have in place for your younger ones. Sound off below, but please keep it friendly!