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Try These Easy Chores to Teach Your Kids Responsibility

By on March 23, 2018
Try These Easy Chores to Teach Your Kids Responsibility

As a parent, you are responsible for teaching your children the ways of the world. While you don’t have complete control over how your kids turn out, there are certain things you should make an effort to instill in them – a sense of responsibility is one of them. While you probably can’t expect your toddler to do the dishes or mow the lawn, there are some simple chores you can use to teach your kids responsibility. Keep reading to find out what they are.

Tips for Getting Started

If you’re a parent, you probably know that kids can be pretty frustrating at times. Maybe you’ve asked your child to clean his room and he did it – three months later. It’s even more frustrating when you see your child actively participating in clean-up activities at school, but they refuse to do the same at home. If you are just starting to think about giving your child some chores, it is important to frame it properly, so he doesn’t immediately rebel.

For example, if you suddenly start asking your child to clean out the dishwasher before dinner, he may wonder why you’re making him do it. If you instead appeal to his desire to be a grown-up, he might be more interested. Say something like, “When you were little you couldn’t reach the cabinet but now that you’re a big boy, I bet you could put away some of these plates.” It might also help if you make it a family activity – give everyone a task to complete (including yourself) and then come together for a treat when it’s all done. It’s all about finding the right motivation.

Age-Appropriate Chores for Kids

When you start giving your child chores, teaching them about responsibility is great but you need to make sure that the chore is actually something they can do. Here are some age-appropriate ideas to give your child chores:

Ages 2 to 3 – Dusting with a rag (maybe not the fine china), helping put clean clothes away, folding small towels, putting away their own toys, unloading the dishwasher (start with the silverware).

Ages 4 to 7 – Putting away clean clothes, wiping down the bathroom sink and counter, folding towels and clothes, setting the table for dinner, unloading the dishwasher, clearing the table after dinner, making their own bed, putting away their own toys.

Ages 8 to 12 – Sorting laundry before the wash, folding and putting away clean clothes, loading and unloading the dishwasher, setting and clearing the table for meals, cleaning their room and putting away toys, cleaning the bathroom (use child-safe cleaning products), washing the care, sweeping or mopping the floor, emptying smaller trash cans.

Being part of a family means pitching in and doing your part to help everyone else out. When you start giving your child chores, he may not immediately see it that way. If you put to use some of the tips provided above, however, you can get over the hump of getting started and work from there.

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