How young is too young for kids to start helping around the home? It’s a tough one. All kids should help their parents with the running of the home within their ability. It’s good for Mum and Dad of course, but for the child it develops confidence, independence and a sense of self. After all – you don’t want them to move out of home at 18 and not be prepared for the big wide world.
Here is a very broad list of ages and what they can do! Remember that all children are different – and this list is very broad!
From Ages 2 – 3
Ages 4 – 5
Ages 6 – 8 Years
Ages 9 – 11:
Ages 12 – 14:
Ages 15 and up:
By age 15 most kids should be able to do everything you can do – whether they do it or not is a whole other story! Remember that you have more chance if getting a child to do their chores if you help them up for the first few years. This gives them confidence and guidance. Once a child has become proficient at a job, it’s time to assign them a tougher task so they are always learning and growing.
Encourage your children to do things without being asked, especially picking up toys or items that someone may trip over. Teach safe practices from the start and be very careful when teaching them how to use the stove and microwave.
Don’t give up and do it yourself just because it’s easier that way – teach your children early and you will reap the rewards later on. It is a family’s job to keep a house neat and tidy – not just yours!