I’ve had ‘that chat’ with my son about chores for kids, as he wasn’t doing regular chores at home. He has always helped out on an ad hoc basis, but life is so much easier now with an agreed schedule. Much less to argue about when he hits those awkward teen years and dividing up chores gives us both more time for family activities.
Which Chores for Kids are Reasonable?
Age appropriate chores are personal and household tasks for kids to take responsibility for that help the household run efficiently and spread the workload of running a home. While not an exclusive list, and perhaps not appropriate for all 12-13 year olds, this is the list of personal and family chores my son now takes care of (before he is allowed any ‘screen time’).
Bedroom (Keep Bedroom Clean and Tidy)
- Make bed every day
- Change bed sheets every week
- Hang up blazer, tie and coat on arrival from school every day
- Put dirty laundry in the laundry basket every day
- Shower, brush teeth and comb hair every morning (pre-teen boys are notorious soap dodgers!)
- Put out all school uniform needed the day before
- Empty sports kit bag and put dirty kit in the laundry basket
- Clean school shoes and rugby boots every week
- Hang up towel after use
- Be responsible for homework
- Be responsible for belongings
- Write thank you notes for gifts
- Set alarm clock. Wake up and get up when it rings
- Clean and refresh the cats’ water and food bowls
- Set and clear the table
- Help tidy away groceries after shopping delivered
- Vacuum and use the steam mop
- Take rubbish and recycling out to the appropriate bins/recycling bin
- Take the rubbish bin to the curb for pick up
- Dust, vacuum, clean bathroom and do dishes
- Clean mirrors
- Prepare a family meal (once a week)
- Test smoke alarms
- Water houseplants
- Learn to use the washer and dryer
- Screen phone calls using caller ID and answer when appropriate
- Change light bulbs
How about you? What chores for kids have you agreed? How has giving them age appropriate chores helped them to develop and helped you? I’d love to hear how you manage this issue.