Age-Appropriate Chores for Your Child

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Five- to Six-year-Olds:

Five- and six-year-olds are a little more independent and can usually stay a bit more focused on a specific task, without your immediate supervision. In addition to the previous lists, new chores you can consider include:

  • learning how to fold their own laundry
  • laying out school clothing for the following day
  • packing a portion of their own school lunch
  • raking leaves and shoveling snow (with supervision)
  • collecting mail
  • gathering dirty laundry
  • wiping floorboards
  • entertaining younger siblings, so mom can use the bathroom in peace (One of my favorites!)
  • organizing their closets

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Seven- to Eight-year-Olds:

Now school-aged experts, our seven- and eight-year-olds are pretty capable! They can still do all of the previous chores, but here are some great add-ons (Do you see yourself sitting with your feet up yet?):

  • taking the garbage and recycling out
  • performing the prep work for simple meals
  • wiping bathroom counters and sinks and scrubbing toilets
  • washing and drying their own laundry
  • mopping floors
  • cleaning and organizing their bedrooms and closets
  • helping younger siblings complete chores

Of course, each child is different and the suggestions above should not substitute your personal judgment as a parent. What are some chores you currently have your children doing? Do you ever find yourself re-doing something you’ve assigned to your child?

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  1. Claudia says:

    I love this article all my other mom friends do everything for their children and I’m the weird one for giving my child responsibilities. All I ask is that she picks up after herself she’s five and her chores are picking up her toys and clothes, cleaning her room and getting herself ready for school. Everything else she wants to help with is extra and she gets rewarded for it.

  2. Heide says:

    My 16 month old helps me carry things, and he almost never forgets and takes them somewhere else. I look forward to when he’s a little older and can help more. He really wants to learn sweeping, but I think it’s because he likes the broom.

  3. Bethany says:

    I think it’s great to get kids to help out at the house. Starting them out young will hopefully help them when they’re older. At this point, my 3 year old thinks it’s fun to help. He loves to feed the dog and put things in and take things out of the dryer. He’s also a great help getting me things for his baby sister.

  4. stephanie says:

    my 2 and 3 yr old don’t do much. Just help put their toys away ( which my 2 yr old sometimes gives me a hard time with) and baking/cooking and putting their toys away. I should introduce making the bed to my 3 year old. that would be nice 😀

  5. Wiley says:

    When our son was 2 he loved to keep his toys picked up and in their proper place when he wasn’t playing with them. Now that he is 3, he loves to help us with our chores like sweeping the floor and washing and drying dishes but we often need to tell him to put up his toys he has pulled out but he’s gradually getting better about it again.

  6. JESSICA says:

    In our home my 7,8, and 9 year old rotate the dinner chores. They each have two from the following:
    1. Wipe off table and chairs 2. Wipe off refrigerator and breakfast bar 3. Take out trash and smash pop cans
    4. Put away leftovers and condiments. 5. & 6. Help mom or dad with chore
    Usually number five and six consist of laundry (taking clean clothes out of dry & putting in clean clothes basket or putting wet clothes from the washer to the dryer), bringing in firewood, cleaning the bathroom sink, or emptying the fireplace ash can. Each morning they are responsible for cleaning their own rooms before they come out.

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