15 Chores Appropriate for Young Children

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.

This article was written by Tiffany from RealMomTalk.com

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Personal Responsibilities:

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.

 

Additional Chores:

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.

laundry-choresThey 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!

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    I agree! My boys have been doing chores since they were toddlers. I started them by having them match socks in the laundry and we have since moved on to bigger and better things because they are older now!

  2. says

    I totally agree with giving kids age appropriate chores. They need to learn daily living skills and it helps the parents out as well. My kids age 12 and 14 and they’re both old enough to start doing their own laundry. Then they can stop asking me for underwear.

  3. says

    Great list to get the kids active in helping out with the household chores. In addition to being proud for accomplishing a task, it also teaches discipline and organizational skills at an early age. Thanks for sharing!

  4. brett says

    mine have similar chores to you. even my littlest one could fold our napkins at 2 1/2 (squares of fabric, basically)

    i believe kids should have an active role in keeping the house up. it teaches them so much!

  5. says

    These are all great chores for young children! I’m going to try some of these for my daughter. I think I might have been giving her things that were too difficult. I mean, she scrubs the floor on her hands and knees with a sponge and brush… but she is the one that asks to do that! :)
    And by the way – I was really shocked when I first started reading this post. I didn’t notice that you had a guest blogger (Tiffany) posting, and when I read that “each of my children have chores to do,” I thought that you (Kecia) had started putting Dawson to work! lol I was impressed – and still am at how Tiffany involves all of her children in the process.

  6. says

    There are so many things a child can do from the day they can walk to assist in chores around the home. I think it just takes the parent time to step back and allow the child to “find their own way” around things. It’s difficult for some parents to be okay with their child not doing the chore exactly how the adult wants it done.

  7. says

    This is great! My daughter is kind of young for chores still but I can’t wait until she’s a little older to start. There are some things she can definitely do soon.

  8. says

    Giving kids responsibility is a great way to build their self esteem as well as establish good habit! My 3-year old loves to match socks! He goes crazy with them while I fold laundry!

  9. says

    We’ve been battling with what tasks our 2.5-year-old can handle, and what’s just too much for him at this point. I don’t want him to grow up to be a lazy teenager, and sometimes the toddler tantrums are just too much. I’m glad to see what other parents are doing (and know that I’m completely justified in what I think he can handle!)

  10. says

    I consider some of those, like the ones under personal responsibilities, exactly that – personal responsibilities. Everyone in my house gets their clothes into the laundry. It’s not a chore, it’s what they need to do. My youngest has no assigned chores, and loves to help and offers to do so at every opportunity.

  11. says

    I think chores are so important for kiddos! Not a lot, but enough to teach them responsibility and plus, they feel good about a job well done!

  12. says

    My kids are pretty good about chores (though the teen is becoming less and less enthused). My husband on the other hand, nuh uh. I think his mom didn’t have him do anything around the house. at. all. No kidding. :)

  13. says

    I totally agree – kids need to learn responsibility early. I wasn’t so great at that with my first child, but let me tell you my 5 year old now sweeps the couches, the stairs, puts the dog in his cage at night, and helps put away his clothes and of course cleans up his room. It makes a huge difference and I love all your ideas. I may have to give him some more!

  14. says

    I like how you have them broken down into personal responsibilities and chores. That is an excellent way to teach kids that they can be responsible for themselves and their belongings without them feeling like they’re doing “extra” chores.

  15. says

    My kids are 4 and 6. They’ve been making their beds, cleaning up their rooms/playroom, putting their clothes in the hamper in some way shape and form from the time they could walk. Now they clear their dishes from the table and they like to help fold laundry with me. I think teaching children early on about responsibility and chores to help out around the house. I tell them all the time “I’m your mom, not your slave – you can certainly help out.”

  16. says

    Great list. You would think I was asking my kids to let me pull a tooth when I ask them to help me clean. I think they do better when they are delegated certain tasks

  17. Ashley M says

    At 3 my daughter does all of the personal responsibilities in addition to helping me clean up her room and take care of our pets.

  18. says

    I’ve been looking for new chores for my little guy and this list is great! I really like the idea of having him help put away groceries. I wonder how many snacks he would ask for as he puts them away? ;)

  19. says

    Awesome post, Kecia! I’ve always felt that kids are often underestimated in a number of areas- what they’re capable of, what they’re capable of understanding, the degree to which they can help out around the house, etc. Not that they should be adding additions to the house or anything but inculcating some good chore habits early can be a huge factor in their later organization, work ethic, responsibility and all that.

  20. Jen says

    Great list! I have my 1.5 yr old water plants outside (with a tiny watering can or small cup), she also likes to sweep with her small broom (it’s not actually sweeping but it’s getting her in the right habit). Return books to bookshelf after reading, and take out her bath stuff at bath time (I keep her towel and my kneeling pad at a low level so she can reach them and when I say “let’s get ready for bath” she runs into the bathroom and gets her stuff out)

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