household chores for kids
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Teaching children to do chores from an early age not only forms good habits for children, but also has many other positive effects on children’s development. Housework is like a physical activity, avoiding for children being dumb, passive, dependent on technology items.

In addition, children who develop a habit of doing chores from a young age often become independent early and take responsibility for their work. This is a necessary quality for children to grow up, and it is also a way for parents to teach their children about the child’s role and position in the family.

Toddlers (Ages 2-3) 

Many parents often think this age is too young to do housework. However, at this age, the baby begins to be curious about everything around and likes to imitate the actions of adults. Letting your child participate in housework not only brings enjoyment but also limits the tantrums of the age of 3.

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Some examples of tasks for toddlers are:

  • Put their toys away 
  • Put your books on the shelf
  • Put the clothes in the washing machine
  • Put litter in the bin
  • Set the table
  • Throw away used diapers
  • Mop small areas with a dry mop 

Preschoolers (Ages 4-5)

When the child is a little older, has the ability and likes to work independently. Children can be taught about chores when they are in preschool and parents should give their children more opportunities to practice at home. This will train children to be independent and love labor. The chores suitable for children of this age include:

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  • Clean the table
  • Make the bed without supervision
  • Water the tree
  • Make snacks
  • Set the table
  • Use a vacuum cleaner
  • Dry your dishes
  • Support to bring in light groceries 
  • Sort laundry before washing in white and color.
  • Match socks together 
  • Care for an animal’s food and water dishes

Primary Schoolers (Ages 6-9) 

When a child hits primary school age, without guidance they may claim even more responsibility. They will begin to learn complicated physical or complex activities, while they continue to learn the skills needed to do so. Parents can realize that this aging population often continues to “rebel,” as they learn more freedom, against the concept of chores.

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Yet you’ll realize that you always have to help in the house with diligence. Any kids can never revolt against their duties. Whether or not they rely heavily on their unique characteristics. In addition to the above tasks, primaries between 6 and 9 years of age can typically perform the following tasks:

  • Garbage collection
  • Wring out a towel
  • Vacuum the floor
  • Clothesline
  • Fold and store clean clothes
  • Sweeping
  • Peel potatoes, carrots
  • Change toilet paper
  • Store food in the refrigerator
  • To wash dishes
  • Replace the bulb
  • Washing and drying clothes
  • Clean all furniture
  • Use a lawn mower
  • Bake
  • Dog walking
  • Sweeping
  • Clean the dining table

Middle Schoolers (Ages 10-13) 

Preteens and middle school students can perform certain things of their own, without repeated instructions, and can be kept accountable. Many households at this age plan to build their children a task map or chore-list. Parents should then keep the child responsible and only search once a day to see if the list or diagram has been reviewed. This helps children to learn not only how to be independent, but also how to be independent while nobody is watching

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Children between the ages of 10 and 13 should also be able to perform the following tasks, in addition to all the above-mentioned activity for underage children:

  • Clean the dishes or load the dishes 
  • Wash the car with family
  • Cook simple dishes
  • Using washer and dryer
  • Take the garbage into the containers
  • Take the container to the curb
  • Babysit younger siblings with supervision at home

High Schoolers (Ages 14+) 

When they get to high school, your kid can do virtually every assignment that you can. This is the ideal age to ensure that your child is completely prepared for life on its own as those years will soon come. Not every kid flies the nest until he reaches 18.

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Indeed, because of higher housing expenses and excessive student loans, more kids opt to live in their homes while attending college or save their own homes than they have been in the past few years. However, if children stay longer, they will afford to assist the house after 18 years. Besides the duties mentioned above, children over the age of fourteen can do the following chores: 

  • Clean room and bathroom
  • Support kitchen cleaning
  • To wash dishes
  • Take away leftovers and store needed foods in the refrigerator
  • Mowing lawns, gardening
  • Wash clothes
  • Prepare meals with parents
  • Car wash
  • Taking care of pets
  • You can cook by yourself with supervision or according to some specific regulations
  • Baby sitting


With the following jobs, children can do at each age will help parents refer and choose suitable chores to assign to their children. Depending on family conditions, parents can guide their children with different things, but always keep in mind: Once your baby starts doing housework, gently tell the child, do not scold or get angry if they are not doing well. Your attitude will determine your baby’s eagerness to learn!

Children will be rewarded with more difficult challenges when they learn the simple ones. It would be tempting for children to continue performing the same tasks as they’re good at it, but it would help them to implement new work daily.

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