Age Appropriate Chores For Your Kiddos

It’s a little too soon for me to chime in on parenting advice since my little one is only 2 years old. Most days I have no clue what I’m doing and am basically winging it the best way I know how. BUT, I do know a thing or two about chores and training up a child in the way they should go!

What I know is what was instilled in me as a child and I’d like to share that with you!

Below are lists of age appropriate chores that will encourage your children to be better future adults. Comment suggestions below if you’ve found other great solutions to teaching your kids the value of putting in work!

Ages 2 – 4:

  • Cleaning up messes they’ve made (This includes drink spills, putting away toys, etc.)
  • Helping feed the animals (Make sure the food is in a container with a cup – it’s totally hilarious (and messy) when your little one decides to pick up the entire bag and pour it “in”. 😉)
  • Putting dirty clothes in the hamper
  • Helping dust furniture (Most kids actually love dusting at this age.)

Ages 5 – 7:

  • All of the above chores
  • Make their bed in the morning (Be sure to make your own to set an example of what you expect.)
  • Help put groceries away
  • Help load the dishwasher (knives excluded)
  • Bring in the mail (If you’re not on a busy street. This should be used at your discretion!)
  • Keep their bedroom clean

Ages 8 – 10:

  • All of the above chores
  • All personal hygiene should be mastered at this age. (Some kids even need deodorant!)
  • Sweeping and vacuuming
  • Loading and unloading the dishwasher (with parental supervision)
  • Take out the garbage
  • Folding their own laundry and putting it away
  • Setting the table before mealtime

Ages 11 – Teen:

  • All of the above chores
  • Wash family car
  • Help clean the entire house (bathrooms, bedroom, living room, kitchen, etc.)
  • Doing their own laundry – start to finish
  • Learning to budget money (giving an allowance and showing the correct way to allocate funds)

As a parent, we must remember to model the behavior we’d like to see in our children. The “do as I say, not as I do” mentality is the least effective parenting method. You’re doing a great job, Momma! Keep up the good work. 😊

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For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

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Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.