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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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

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.

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She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

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