Offered by Michele Tuepker, M.D. – Premier Pediatrics
An important part of childhood development is learning how to manage responsibility. A great way to accomplish this is through age appropriate chores. Younger children may need more direction than older children, but there are many things that 2 year olds can do successfully.
It is important to keep in mind that, as a parent, you may need to be present in a supervisory/motivational role for even older children. Good chores for 2-3 year olds include basic clean-up, throwing away trash, putting clean socks away, putting dirty clothes into a hamper, and wiping up those inevitable spills. Appropriate chores for 4-5 year olds include more complex responsibilities like loading the dishwasher, putting away clean silverware, bringing dirty clothes for sorting, and matching clean pairs of socks. 6-8 year olds are starting to have more school responsibilities and are capable of doing more at home as well. They can sort dirty clothes by color, put away clean clothes including hanging them on hangers, and take out the trash and recycling. Get children 6+ outside to help with yard work and gardening as a way to get them out of the house and burn off some energy. Children who are at least 9 years old can begin to take on more adult responsibilities. They are able to clean bathrooms, help with cooking, and fully load and unload the dishwasher. Teaching children the importance of responsibility helps them develop into successful adults.
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