I’ve been making my son sort-of do chores since he was about 18 months old – much to the surprise of some family & friends. But he actually loves “helping” (even when he isn’t really much help), and it’s getting him in the habit. He started with emptying the silverware container in the dishwasher, and bringing the items to me to put into the drawer, and we’ve added small tasks as he’s able.
I’m always wondering if the chores I assign my kids are too much, too little, or age appropriate. For example, my kids (6,almost 5, 3) dust, set the table, sort laundry, and pick up with varying degrees of success. Hannah also unloads the dishwasher, with some help from the other two. And they all use the dust buster as needed and Hannah can vacuum with help. Are there other normal chores I’m overlooking?
What sorts of chores do your kids do? How do you decide what is age appropriate and worth the time it takes you?
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