Getting Organized

by Molly on October 18, 2010

I love to find new and exciting products just the same as you do, and today I was checking out some fun paper products, looking at promotions that other friends had sent to me and found momAgenda. Holy moly! This stuff is cute! And…it’s stylish!

One of my favorite things are their chore charts! I love it, and I am always looking for cute ones, that I don’t have to make on my own. You should really check them out!

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Here are some ideas of Chores Your Kids Can Do

Ages 2 and 3

Many toddlers are eager to help with chores, and while their “helping” may not always be appreciated, keeping their excitement and the habit of helping out alive, should be. Sticker charts are a great way to keep toddlers excited about helping. Their chores may have to be completed with you helping every step of the way, but you are laying the groundwork for children that find chores and helping a way of life.

Chores 2-3 year olds can do…

Help make the bed.
Pick up toys and books.
Take laundry to the laundry room.
Help feed pets.
Help wipe up messes.
Dust with socks on their hands.
Mop in areas with help.

Ages 4 and 5

Preschoolers still find helping to be an exciting adventure and are usually thrilled when someone takes the time to teach them new chores. They are ready to do some chores without constant supervision. Rewards at this age are very motivating. A sticker chart that allows you to build up to bigger rewards can be a big motivator. For some preschoolers, tying chores to an allowance is a great reward and another way to teach them, this time about money.

Chores preschoolers can do in addition to those listed above…

Clear and set the table.
Help out in cooking and preparing food.
Carrying and putting away groceries.

Ages 6-8

These school age kids may or may not still have their childlike enthusiasm for completing chores. What they do have, however, is an overwhelming desire to be independent. Parents and caregivers can guide children to become independent in their chores, using chore charts to keep track of their responsibilities.

Chores that they are capable of in addition to those listed above…

Take care of pets.
Vacuum and mop.
Take out trash.
Fold and put away laundry.

Ages 9-12

Children in the preteen ages are capable of more responsibility when it comes to chores. Keep in mind that many children this age rely on continuity. Find a system that works for your family and do not change it without the input and support of the people it directly affects (if you have preteens, you know how crucial this can be). Make sure that you factor in rewards and consequences and address those issues with your children. Let them know the consequences of not completing chores, as well as the rewards for fulfilling their responsibilities.

Chores preteens are capable of in addition to those listed above…

Help wash the car.
Learn to wash dishes.
Help prepare simple meals.
Clean the bathroom.
Raking leaves.
Loading & unloading the washer and dryer.

Ages 13-17

Teenagers are developmentally ready to handle almost any chore in the home. This is also the time when a teenager’s schedule can sometimes become quite hectic, leaving little time for chores. The answer is not to forego chores, but to make sure that the workload is manageable.

Some chores teenagers are capable of in addition to those listed above…

Replace light bulbs and vacuum cleaner bags.
All parts of the laundry.
Wash windows.
Clean out refrigerator and other kitchen appliances.
Prepare meals.
Prepare grocery lists.

Remember: Children mature at their own pace and not all kids will be capable of advanced chores at the same age, just as some children may be ready for more difficult chores at a younger age. The most important guidelines for parents is supervision and evaluation of your child’s needs and abilities. Depending on your families needs you may want or need to implement a behavior chart as well.

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