Appropriate Chores for Kids

When my son was born, his sister became quite the “helper.” Just over two, she would fetch me diapers, put things in the trash, and help feed the dog.

Little did I know, I was giving her a lesson. I was teaching her independence and responsibility – and she was helping me in return.

It got me thinking. At what age can I give her real, solid chores? What is appropriate when?

It turns out, my daughter was pretty spot on for her age. Check out this list of appropriate chores for kids I found on the website, “Free Printable Behavior Charts.”

2-4 year olds

help dust
put napkins on table
help put away toys
put laundry in hamper
help feed pet

4-7 year olds “Help” is the important word at this age. Many of the chores will be done as a helper and slowly kids can graduate to doing them independently!
set the table or help set the table
put away toys/things
help feed pets
water plants
help make bed
dust
put laundry in hamper
help put dishes in dishwasher
water the garden
help wipe up messes
help with yard work (rake with child’s rake or plant flowers, etc.)
help clear table
help put away groceries

8-10 year olds
make bed
water plants
clean room with direction
set the table
clear the table
dust
vacuum
feed pets (depends on type of pet and how your comfortable your child is interacting with the pet)
help make dinner
put laundry in hamper
help wash the car
help wash dishes
help load/empty dishwasher
rake leaves
take out the trash

11 year olds and older
take garbage out
set the table
clear the table
clean room with direction
put away groceries
clean the bathroom with direction
clean the kitchen
dust
vacuum
mow lawn
feed pets
water plants
put laundry in hamper
help with laundry and eventually start doing own laundry
help make dinner/make small meals on own
help wash the car/wash car
make bed
help with yard work
shovel snow
wash dishes/load or empty dishwasher

I guess I have a while until I can count on her for some “real” help around the house. But with two kids and a full-time job… every bit helps!