Parenting Tips & Topics: Age Appropriate Chores

PARENTING TIPS AND TOPICS: STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES FROM TWO PSYCHOLOGISTS

MONTHLY TOPIC:       AGE APPROPRIATE CHORES

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IMPORTANT POINTS:

  • Chores help children learn that the family works together to run smoothly
  • Chores also teach responsibility in gradual and often fun ways
  • Chores help children practice small skills that they will need in life
  • You can start with 1-2 behaviors which your child can simply help you do
  • Young children often enjoy “helping” their parents as they clean or cook
  • For example, toddlers as young as 2 can help their parent with putting clothes in/out of hamper
  • Children may enjoy picking from a list of chores each week
  • Completing chores/tasks helps develop a sense of pride and satisfaction

ILLUSTRATION:

As a family of four with two children under the age of six, there are always chores to be done. My daughters (ages 2 and 5) help with a number of small tasks around our home. Their help is often prompted and afterward given lots of praise, which they LOVE!

One of the first chores they started to help me with was taking the clean laundry from the dryer to the bed/sofa to be folded. Now they assist with some folding, sorting clean and dirty clothes, and putting away clothing in their drawers. Another chore they help with is cleaning up after activities by putting toys and materials away. My girls together feed our two small dogs in the evening and recently they have started to clear unbreakable items from the dining table after meals. We also include frequent opportunities to be a “helper” when the occasions arise, such as helping with bathing the dogs, cleaning cars, putting away groceries, and making dinner.

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LINK TO SOME CHORE IDEAS:

http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/chore_list.htm