Taking care of your home and family is a team sport, and every team member, no matter how big or small, has a part to play in contributing to the overall health (and sanity) of your family’s home life. For those of us who don’t have a Mississauga house cleaning company, one of the best ways to get the whole team on the same page and avoid confusion is to create a family chore chart with age-appropriate assignments for each child. Everyone can pitch in!
Chores for Toddlers
When creating a chore list for toddlers, always remember that modeling will be necessary and keeping things fun will be key to completing the tasks. Give them jobs such as putting their toys away in designated bins, placing books on a bookshelf neatly or gathering trash for the trashcan. Demonstrate the chore, turn it into a race to beat the clock or create a song to sing while completing the chore. Perhaps let them assist you in folding laundry. Toddlers tend to make great washcloth folders with a little practice. They also make great “gofers” so you can regularly send them on little errands around the house. And don’t forget to heap on the praise for a job well done.
Chores for Kids 5-8
If you have children between the ages of five and eight, feel free to offer more complicated tasks and give them more ownership over those jobs as an important part of the family. Young school-age kids can be asked to set the table before dinner or sweep up after dinner. Making their beds can now become a regular routine as can assisting in loading the dishwasher, folding towels, wiping down counters and feeding the family pets. You could consider using a star chart or other form of posted recognition, so these kids can visualize their weekly accomplishments and see their progress.
Chores for Preteens
Older children and preteens between the ages of nine and twelve may be ready for some heavier lifting around the house. Assign them several rooms to vacuum and dust, or have them put away groceries, take out the trash, wash dishes solo or get the mail on a daily basis. They can also help parents with yard work and clean up, and they can be fully responsible for folding and putting away their own laundry. Again, remember to model a healthy “thank you” for those completed chores. Even the older kids appreciate a good dose of recognition.
Chores for Teenagers
The teen years are a great warm-up for adulthood, so these older kiddos are ready for some more grown-up responsibilities. Let them learn how to cook several different meals, and then add those meals to the regular family menu. Assign them bathroom and kitchen clean-up duty once a week, or put them in charge of mowing the lawn every other Saturday. Driving-age children can be entrusted with small grocery runs and around-town errands for the family. It’s very important that these teens begin to own their responsibilities as they near adulthood, and that ownership can all start with a simple weekly chore chart.
Making Chores A Fun Family Activity
Learning to be an active and willingly responsible member of a family is a vital part of becoming a productive future adult, and that’s why beginning to teach chores and household duties early is so important. Be consistent in requiring completion of whatever chores you decide to assign to each child to make sure they learn to follow through. Whenever possible let the chore be fun. Add a goofy and loud soundtrack while they work, make it a competition or provide a periodic reward for completing tasks with a good attitude. However you decide to handle your team and their various assignments, make sure to be their number one cheerleader, and let them know how valued they and their efforts are to keeping your family team in tip top condition.